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March 30, 2016 3:47 pm

Netanyahu to Leahy: IDF Soldiers Are Not Murderers

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected US Senator Patrick Leahy’s recent accusations against the Israeli army, the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Wednesday.

“IDF soldiers and Israeli police put their lives on the line to defend themselves and innocent civilians from bloodthirsty terrorists who try to kill them, while adhering to the highest moral standards,” Netanyahu wrote to Leahy. Netanyahu also questioned the senator’s lack of concern for Israelis who had been wounded by Palestinian terrorists. “This letter should have been addressed to those who incite children to engage in acts of cruel terrorism,” he said, referring to a Feb. 17 letter sent by Leahy and 10 members of the House of Representatives to Secretary of State John Kerry, listing examples of “gross violations of human rights,” including reports of “extrajudicial killings” committed by Israeli military forces.

This was not the Leahy’s first attack on the IDF. In 2011, he promoted a bill to cut American military aid to three elite IDF units, after reports arose that they had committed human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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  • Shari Odenheimer

    All of the signatories are supported by JStreetPAC.

  • shloime

    the key here is the date, february 17. that was a month before the latest incident in hevron. but it was right in the middle of israeli negotiations about renewing, and increasing, american military aid to israel. and conveniently enough, just as the white house was turning down israel’s request, 11 democrats just happened to write this letter, undermining israel’s position.

    the timing couldn’t have been better for obama, even if he’d written that letter himself!

  • The false and unfounded allegations made by Senator Patrick Leahy, are decidedly ‘anti-Semitic’ in nature, and are perceived to be purposed to reinforce anti-Semitic hostility toward the IDF and Israel! This Canadian Commenter is a ‘staunch’ supporter of Israel, and it is my contention that anti-Semitism will ‘always’ be vociferously espoused by unabashed anti-Semites like U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy!

  • Have you ever read the book of Esther….God protected His people through their self defense. Wake up….GOD is still in control!

  • Scott Rose

    In January, 2016, Netanyahu told Fareed Zakaria that he is prepared to negotiate at any time for peace with Abbas. “So where is he?” Netanyahu asked.
    Abbas for his part can be seen in recent Arabic videos praising jihadists terrorists for stabbing people and vehicular attacks against people.
    A few weeks ago, a Christian American grad student, Tyler Force, who was earning an MBA at Vanderbilt, was in Israel to study successful start-ups there, but he was MURDERED by a jihadist — the same kind of jihadist whom Abbas praises in Arabic and says will be rewarded by Allah in heaven as a martyr.
    I OBSERVE that a Muslim Congressman signed this letter, asking to have Israel found guilty for trying to protect its people, and visitors, against jihadist terrorist who have been told by their leader, Abbas, to stab and kill people.
    Andre Carson of Indiana is the Muslim Congressman who wants Abbas to be rewarded for the murder of Tyler Force.

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