The "protestors" were doing what they were not supposed to. They baited the IDF..purposely setting the situation up. From my USA view, the officer was not abusive, stressed yes. So, he "forgot" about the media? You are taking down your IDF, over that, right? Didn't anyone else see the woman, who came back around, into the fray? It was a set-up to defame Israel. Why did the P's have women there? Oh yeah...hoping they could get a woman, knocked down and bloodied...and cry on world news about how she was a helpless victim... So count one vote here for the IDF and the officer taking the risk. On the other side of the world, I can see the the 'set up' coming, PC does not help.
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from the article: In dealing with violent officer, IDF brass neglected media front