The decision was taken late on Thursday evening by the commander of the Barak division, Colonel Moshe Sheetrit, after he spoke with the soldier and with the battalion commander.
The decision to eject the solder was taken due to his behavior at the ceremony and the fact that he was unwilling to apologize to the chief of staff at a later stage. The IDF says it sees such behavior as a political protest which has no place among soldiers.
A hearing was held for the soldier by the IDF's Head of the Personnel Directorate Major General Elazar Stern. The soldier detailed his feelings and the reasons for taking the decision not to shake the chief of staff's hand. The hearing last half an hour, at the end of which Major General Stern said he would take a decision next week on whether to withdraw the commendation received by the soldier.
Ayela, Hananel's mother, told Ynet in response on Friday morning that "the army is out of its mind. Where is proportion? The chief of
Far-Right activist Baruch Marzel, responding to the ejection, said he "will send flowers to Hananel."
"Dayan is an Israeli hero and all IDF soldiers should learn from him. If his commendation is taken away and its reward, we will raise the fund for him," said Marzel.
A lawyer for Hananel Dayan said that if the decision is not cancelled, he will appeal to the High Court.
Lawyer Adi Kidar said that "shaking hands is not a military order" and added that "the soldier carried out all of the orders given to him and there is no reason to take steps against him which are not in the legal framework."
Efrat Weiss contributed to this story