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Netanyahu Cabinet Spars Over Murder Probe of Soldier Who Killed Palestinian Terrorist in Hebron

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during Sunday's cabinet meeting. Photo:  Screenshot/Facebook.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during Sunday’s cabinet meeting. Photo: Screenshot/Facebook.

An Israeli army murder inquiry into a soldier’s killing of a supine and wounded Palestinian assailant, the first such legal proceedings in six months of street violence, triggered friction on Sunday within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet.

Video taken by Israel’s B’Tselem human rights group showed the infantryman firing on Thursday into the head of a Palestinian as he lay on the ground, still moving, in Hebron in the occupied West Bank. Minutes earlier, the Palestinian had stabbed and wounded another soldier.

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  • I haven’t seen any mention in the various news stories so far, but the first thing I thought of was the case of Yoram Shkolnik 23 years ago. Of course there are important differences. For example, Shkolnik was a civilian, not an IDF soldier. Also, the terrorist in the Shkolnik case was said to have had his hands bound. It might be worth while, however, to compare the two cases in terms of their similarities and from a variety of standpoints, including the psychological one.

  • rae sharfman

    I am sending out e mails- actions alerts to free this soldier who acted heroically. There was discussion that the terrorist might have a suicide belt under his heavy coat/sweater. The weather was hot- he was not dressed for hot weather. This is standard clothing for terrorists.
    Your bulletin does not tell the complete story. The government unfortunately accepted the video by B’ NGO that denigrates Israel-supported by The EU. There is another video-which shows the discussion of those around.
    The Israeli public supports the actions of the soldier!
    Please before you put out news- get the complete story!!

  • rbockman

    This episode is a mission of political futility and an insult to the soldier as well as the IDF by politicians. A soldier killed a terrorist and we should thank him for thinking on his feet and acting on his mission.