Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner, the deputy commander of the Jordan Valley Brigade who was caught on video hitting a left-wing Danish protester with the butt his rifle in April 2012, has reached a plea bargain with the military prosecutor by which he will admit to conduct unbecoming an officer and resign his commission.
Eisner will soon be indicted in a special military court at the Kirya, the Israel Defense Forces headquarters in Tel Aviv, on charges of exceeding authority to the point of endangering others and conduct unbecoming an officer. Eisner is expected to be sentenced to two months of community service, and will also resign from military service.
According to the indictment, Eisner used the butt of his rifle and his hands to hit five Palestinian and foreign left-wing activists who had been participating in a bicycle ride that was not authorized by the IDF. The incident took place outside the village of Ouja, near Jericho in the Jordan Valley.
The entire incident, which was caught on tape and subsequently aired on the Internet, caused a public uproar, resulting in GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon suspending Eisner from service.
"The indictment will be filed following an extensive and thorough investigation by the Military Police Criminal Investigations Department, which culminated in a plea bargain reached by the parties following the hearing process," the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in a statement. "The plea bargain, which includes a sentencing recommendation, was formulated in accordance with the circumstances of the case, as they were presented in the CID report and which will be presented to the court at a date of its choosing."