Op-Ed: A Hero Leaves the IDF
Giulio MeottiThe writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He has just prblished a book about the Vatican and Israel titled "J'Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel" published by Mantua Books.
Instead of supporting Jewish soldiers as they fight the enemy, the IDF is abandoning them.
His case resembles that of a Druse soldier who was left bleeding to death while defending Joseph’s Tomb. Both, Shalom Eisner and Madhat Yusef, were defending Israel’s borders and sovereignity.
This is the tragic story. Yusuf was wounded by a PLO bullet during an Arab attack on Joseph's Tomb, a Jewish holy site which remained in Israeli hands when the city in which it is located, Shechem, was handed over to the Palestinian Authority. There was an Israeli military base atop the nearby Mount Gerizim. The army had the means to easily evacuate the soldier by helicopter. But Ehud Barak wanted the Palestinian Authority “police” to rescue him to show that the “peace process” was working. Yusef lay bleeding to death in the holy tomb for hours. The PA did nothing. And he died. A non-Jewish soldier serving in the IDF was betrayed by the Israeli prime minister.
Now it is the turn of Eisner. Is the IDF expecting its soldiers to submit to being beaten by “pacifists” who hinder IDF activities, who serve as terrorists’ human shields, who locate themselves near roadblocks, who provide Jihadist operatives with logistic and moral support? The way the IDF handled Eisner’s case is sending that pathetic message.
But more important, I had hoped that the ordinary Israeli people, who expressed support in a poll, would rally behind Eisner, that they would be grateful and blessed to know that there are men like Eisner who understand the reality of Israel and do what should. Except for one protest, a few articles and statements, Eisner was left alone.
Israel should be proud of Eisner. Yet a Jewish soldier was forced to end his career because he hit someone who had broken his hand. This is the lesson of his tragic story.
If the IDF had more people like Eisner, the world would respect the Jews much more.
If the IDF had more people like Eisner, the world would respect the Jews much more. Instead, Israel is promoting the anti-Israeli soldiers and law officers who taze Boaz Albert and brutalize Jews in Amona, when children and babies were thrown out of their beds at 2 a.m., in the freezing cold while families were expelled from their homes.
After Eisner’s dismissal, other violent foreign activists will be treated with kid gloves. It also means that the IDF has accepted a primitive view of history, a world divided between the good guys - the Arabs and their leftist friends - and the bad guys – the “settlers”.
Shalom Eisner is a proud Jew, a human being, a father and a soldier willing to lose everything because he cared about his fellow soldiers and citizens. But he has been slandered by his own government and army and left to twist slowly in the wind. With Eisner, the IDF has capitulated before a mob of terrorist sympathisers.
Lt. Colonel Eisner, I salute you for what you did.