INNSBRUCK, Austria – The International Association of Scissor Manufacturers has sharply criticized Israeli Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot for “belittling the quality of our products and insinuating that they are not up to the job.”
In a speech last week, Eisenkot said that an Israel Defense Forces soldier did not have to “empty a magazine [of bullets] into a girl with scissors,” in order to neutralize an attack by her.
“The scissors has been around for 4,000 years, since the general’s ancestors used them in ancient Egypt,” the IASM send in a statement on Friday. “It is among the most trusted and widely used tools in the entire world.”
“For the general to belittle them so casually and insinuate that they are not up to the job of stabbing is deeply hurtful to those of us who have dedicated our lives to scissors.”
“Did the general stop to think that maybe the fault lay with the user and not the scissors?”
In Jerusalem, meanwhile, a secretive group called the Guardians of Arms Purity is calling for Eisenkot’s dismissal, saying that his words about the girl and the scissors “are defeatist and undermine the basic, irrefutable precept that the IDF is the world’s most moral army.”