When IDF Chief Eisenkot Became the New Rabin

Yigal Amir fired the first shot in the Israeli civil war. The heroic soldier who murdered a subdued Palestinian attacker in Hebron fired the second.

Tomer Appelbaum

The murder of the terrorist in Hebron is the most significant murder in Israel since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, his execution in the city square the most significant since the execution of Rabin in the city square of Tel Aviv. The 1996 elections legitimized the murder of Rabin, when it became an acceptable political maneuver leading to a change in government. Meanwhile the campaign showering heroic titles on the soldier-murderer legitimizes the putsch in which the army's chief of staff has de facto been removed from command.

IDF chief Gadi Eisenkot is the new Rabin. As the army's commander, Eisenkot expressed his opinion with regard to shooting a neutralized terrorist. He could not have been clearer. And the soldier who committed murder in Hebron is a hero because he blatantly disregarded the orders of the chief of staff.

We should clarify what the vast public that supports the soldier means by calling him a hero. Because Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon does not understand. And the leftists in the Twitterverse do not understand. This is not a soldier who threw himself on a grenade, who rescued a wounded comrade under fire, who single-handedly assaulted a force of terrorists who took over a kindergarten, or who looked the enemy into the whites of his eyes. No one thinks this is the new Avigdor Kahalani.

When Ya’alon stated that this is a soldier who erred, behaving like an animal, he missed the mark. He is not in the right debate. For the vast public that supports the soldier, for the municipality of Beit Shemesh, for deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely and MK Avigdor Lieberman, that soldier is a hero who found the strength — and that is no simple matter — to stand up alone against the chief of staff. According to the new and revolutionary public norms here, the chief of staff’s order is patently illegal. The murder the soldier committed symbolizes this fact. He acted in the name of the higher values that guided Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir. He protected the Jewish people from the treacherous leadership that endangers its existence.

Anyone who supports the soldier does not recognize the authority of Chief of Staff Eisenkot to command the army. Anyone who supports the soldier does not recognize the authority of the chief of staff to serve under the laws of the State of Israel. There are higher laws. They are the laws of the Jewish republic. They are stronger than democracy, stronger than the rule of law. Israel has ceased to exist. Try changing the nationality in your identity card to “Israeli” and see that it can’t be done. The Supreme Court has ruled that there is no Israeli nation. It doesn’t exist. There is a Jewish nation. The soldier who murdered the terrorist in Hebron serves the army of the Jewish nation, not the Israel Defense Forces. He is a soldier of the Jewish republic, exactly like Yigal Amir. For him, Eisenkot does not count. He has raised the banner of rebellion against the traitor Eisenkot. That’s why he is a hero.

Yigal Amir fired the first shot in the Israeli civil war. The heroic soldier fired the second. According to the laws of the Jewish republic, he is a moral soldier, the most moral of soldiers. To murder a terrorist is the height of morality. According to the laws of the Israel Defense Forces he is an animal.

There is no common denominator. There is no shared moral yardstick. The IDF and the army of the Jewish republic cannot coexist. And when Education Minister Naftali Bennett phones the soldier’s parents a number of times to encourage them, he makes clear that the army of the Jewish republic does not intend to lay down its weapons and surrender.