Israeli Education Minister: Even if the soldier made a mistake of judgment, he is not a murderer

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The chief of the Yisrael Beytenu right-wing party, Avigdor Liberman, has requested to visit the Israeli soldier who executed a wounded Palestinian in Hebron on Thursday.

According to the Jpost, Liberman made the visitation request along with fellow Yisrael Beytenu MK Oded Forer, saying that he wants to “visit the soldier, listen to him, tell him that the attacks against him are not appropriate and remind him that he has support among the elected officials.”

As the soldier was given a field trial and under investigation, Liberman said that PM Netanyahu and minister of Army, Ya’alon, should not have reacted to the incident in this manner and added that their words “harmed the soldier’s chances of being investigated fairly and not being subject to a lynching by the media.”

Liberman, in addition to Education Minister and Jewish Home leader, Naftali Bennett, both attack B’Tselem Human Rights group for publishing the video.

Immediately following the release of th e video on Thursday, politicians rushed to “dance to B’Tselem’s fiddle,” Bennett told Israel Radio on Sunday morning, referring to the human rights group that released the video of the killing, Jpost reported.

Bennett said that “even if the soldier made a mistake of judgment he was not a murderer.”

He said that the possibility of the soldier being tried for murder “demonstrated the total loss of proportions in the matter and he would act to ensure that the soldier would receive a just trial.”

When asked about the execution,  El-Or Azarya, the medic soldier who murdered Abdul-Fattah Al-Sharif said that he “did the right thing at the right time.”


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