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Israeli FM Lieberman Rejects Calls to Probe Shooting, Questions Video’s Authenticity

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Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's Foreign Minister. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgIsraeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday rejected international calls for Israel to investigate the apparent shooting deaths of two Palestinians during a riot in the West Bank town of Beitunia last week.

Lieberman also questioned the authenticity of the surveillance video released by a pro-Palestinian advocacy group showing the two men collapsing to the ground.

Referring to U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki’s calls for a “prompt and transparent” investigation, Lieberman said, “We do not need an American request to probe the incident. The IDF is the most ethical military in the world.”

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“I am sad to see that these demands are not made regarding other incidents,” Lieberman said. “In Syria, 170,000 people have already been killed, and I have not seen any active efforts on the part of the international community to investigate the murders.”

He added, “Hamas executed two civilians in the Gaza Strip, without a lawyer and without a trial. I did not see any demands from the international community to investigate that issue. I reject all these demands and all the hypocrisy that we see now in the world.”

Lieberman noted that the recently released surveillance video “was not released immediately [after the incident], but only after a few days, and that raises questions.”

A senior security official echoed Lieberman’s sentiments in a meeting with the press, Israel Hayom reported. According to the official, there is a “big chance” that the video was staged.

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