This is the nature of occupation. You have 18 years old soldiers in charge. This one is stupid and obnoxious. It is hard for such young guys to make the distinction between "this might be a terrorist who might explode with me" and "nevertheless I should remember he might not be a terrorist today". Most soldiers are totally humane and respectful, but some are actually worse! In occupation only the worse count and so occupation is ugly. HOWEVER GET THIS: Palestinians can finish this whole occupation at once, just by admitting both Jews and Arabs have a right to live here. They only have to say this and wham!, all occupation is gone. The power of pictures - its all about feelings. If you get out from the sentiments induced by the picture, you realize these cuffed guys support terrorism and would actually kill that soldier, if the situation was opposite. We don't see the holders of Shalit, we don't see Iranian stoning women half buried, we don't see Hamas shooting people in the knees, we don't see the Palestinians getting medical care in Israel and then say they want to be shahids when they get home (all this actually happens), so we don't hate them. And here is a riddle: we're going to see many such media nasty stories of bad behavior, and guess why they'll be more and more pronounced as peace talks proceed? So much for media manipulations. The media will say "the sun is the best cure". Maybe, but I wonder how happy the media would be if their editorial discussions would be recorded and published. Having said that, this particular soldier behavior is disgusting, and should be punished.
Egypt postpones verdict in retrial of Al Jazeera journalists to Aug. 29 (Reuters)