Monday, March 6, 2017

'US warned us not to annex Judea and Samaria'

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) on Monday attended a meeting of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Speaking to reporters at the beginning of the meeting, Liberman discussed the recent video of Arab rioters attacking an IDF jeep.

"We were shown videos which should never have been on TV," Liberman said. "An army jeep was attacked by dozens of masked Arabs. You don't know if they're going to throw stones at you, or if they'll throw a grenade or a firebomb."

"Pictures like these should never be shown again.

"The IDF did not act properly. There is a protocol for opening fire. I expect the Border Police and the IDF to keep to this protocol. First you shoot into the air. Then you shoot at their feet.
"The fact that none of these masked rioters were injured is not okay. And I'm saying this in the name of the Chief of Staff. These pictures should never be seen again."

The IDF said that the video was taken out of context and that IDF soldiers put the stone-throwers to rout soon after.

Regarding his upcoming trip to the US, Liberman said, "Anyone who wants to apply Israeli sovereignty to Judea and Samaria needs to understand that such a step will bring immediate repercussions from the new US government." READ MORE