Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu implicitly criticized the IDF soldier who shot and killed a Palestinian assailant shortly following a stabbing attack in Chevron on Thursday, March 24. The remark, made at the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday prompted criticism from two senior political figures.
“The subversion of the IDF’s morality is outrageous and unacceptable,” said Netanyahu. “The IDF soldiers, our children, maintain high ethical standards at a time when they are bravely fighting bloodthirsty murderers in severe operational conditions.”
“Any challenge to the morality of the IDF is outrageous and unacceptable,” Netanyahu said “The soldiers of the IDF, our children, maintain high ethical values while courageously fighting against bloodthirsty murderers under difficult operational conditions. I am certain that in all cases, as in the current one, the inquiry takes into account all conditions. We must all support the IDF Chief-of-Staff, the IDF and our soldiers, who safeguard our security.”
“I welcome the bill, but it is not enough. We’re in a war against murderous Palestinian terrorism,” Bayit Yehudi Naftali Bennett said. “At the forefront there’s the soldier, and we’re being tested. Why did you need to jump to condemn the soldier on Thursday, while the GOC Central Command’s investigation was only conducted on Friday?
“Why is he being led (to court) in handcuffs? What kind of message does this send to thousands of soldiers? An indictment for ‘murder’? You’re confused who are the good guys and who are the bad guys! Why is the entire leadership dancing to the tune of B’Tselem?”
Yisrael Beiteinu head Avigdor Lieberman said, “The prime minister is worthy of being called the ultimate weather vane, he and Ya’alon are the face of the B’Tselem organization. I saw Netanyahu’s first statement, and then he saw where the winds were blowing – and flipped his position… How can a soldier even expect a fair investigation, a fair trial, when all in the proper authorities in the IDF already know what the commander wants?”
He called the prime minister “spineless,” accusing that “all he’s trying to do is please public opinion.”
Tazpit News Agency