This is the latest from Ynet on the incident that has shocked the world:
Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner, an officer who was suspended from the IDF after hitting a leftist protester from Denmark, said in a conversation with a supporter that he never put "anyone's life in danger."
"What's more important, fulfilling the task or looking good for the camera?" he said in a chat that was broadcast on Channel 10 News. "I am familiar with these anarchists' history. They came with sticks and broke my hand, but no one talks about that or films that. It's true; some of the pictures look bad. I used my weapon coldly, like a stick. I didn't kill anyone, and didn't put anyone's life at risk." (Ynet)
I have been reading the Hebrew press's coverage of the rifle-bashing incident on Saturday, in which Israeli lieutenant colonel Shalom Eisner struck a Danish activist in the face in the Jordan Valley and the video went viral.
Eisner was interviewed yesterday for an hour and stuck by his version that he was attacked. Some reporters caught up with him leaving a synagogue near his house this morning and then later outside his house. He said he was under orders not to talk. He appeared with his hand bandaged. Answering a question from a reporter said that the hand hurt a bit.
Ynet stated, quoting army sources, that Eisner may be dismissed but then given another position. The only interesting quote from Ynet:
Lieutenant Colonel Eisner was asked if he was angry at someone and he responded: "What is there to be angry about? To be angry would be to punish yourself for stupidities of others."
To the question, whose stupidities?, he answered "it is forbidden to relate to this now."
I like the "now" part. Maybe that is a promise of news to come. Ynet has the interviews, a picture of Eisner with his bandage and another video of the incident (not too much on it).
And Ilene Cohen notes:
Eisner clutched and handled his weapon on Saturday (both during the smack and afterward) with hand unbandaged and in control, fingers on both hands nicely wrapped around the gun (he also opened the car door in this latest video with no problem).