It's clear in the video that immediately before Eisner acted, the militants, at the urging of one of their leaders, formed up and began to move forward and through the group of Israeli soldiers blocking the road. That's evidently the aggressive action to which Eisner responded. Seems to me, the militants acted aggressively when they pushed into the IDF and got pushed back. Imagine what would have happened in any American city if a group of individuals tried to push through a line of cops after having been instructed to disperse. As always, a double standard applied to the IDF. What really stinks here is Haaretz's willingness to assist those seeking to defame Israel by distorting and misrepresenting the circumstances. Eisner's action was not unprovoked and if he had truly used brute force, the militant he struck would have suffered more than a split lip.
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