Netanyahu rejects criticism of IDF after Hevron shooting

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened the government's weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, and began with a strident defense of the conduct of the IDF, following the killing of an injured terrorist in Hevron.

During the incident in question, which took place on Thursday afternoon, a soldier shot a terrorist in the head as he lay wounded and apparently neutralized, after having stabbed and moderately injured another soldier.

An investigation is currently underway, and the soldier in question has been suspended pending a military trial. The soldier's defense team claim he feared the terrorist had an explosive belt and acted to neutralize the threat, but prosecutors allege the actions were in fact motivated by revenge – citing in part comments he had made prior to the incident.

Netanyahu emphasized that, whatever the outcome of the trial, the army itself stringently upholds "the highest ethical values."

"Any challenge to the morality of the IDF is outrageous and unacceptable," the PM 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."

The prime minister also sent his condolences to the family of the commander of the IDF Civil Administration, who died in a tragic accident on Friday.

"I would like to send condolences to the family of Brig.-Gen. Munir Amar who died in a regrettable airplane crash in the Galilee," Netanyahu stated.

"Munir was an outstanding fighter and commander. He excelled in all his posts, including his most recent one as head of the Civil Administration. He was imbued with a sense of mission to defend the State of Israel, his state, the state of all of us."

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/209940

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