By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
Jerusalem, Israel — March 30, 2016 … US Senator Patrick Leahy and 10 House members have asked the Obama administration to investigate claims that the Israeli and Egyptian security forces have committed “gross violations of human rights” – allegations that have infuriated Israel’s political leadership and the Israel Defense Forces.
Following is Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to US Senator Patrick Leahy’s letter:
“The IDF and the Israel Police do not engage in executions. Israel’s soldiers and police officers defend themselves and innocent civilians with the highest moral standards against bloodthirsty terrorists who come to murder them.
Where is the concern for the human rights of the many Israelis who’ve been murdered and maimed by these savage terrorists?
This letter should have been addressed instead to those who incite youngsters to commit cruel acts of terrorism.”
Former commander of British forces in Afghanistan Col. (res.) Richard Kemp recently told the Israeli Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee:
“No army in the world acts with as much discretion and great care as the IDF in order to minimize damage. The US and the UK are careful, but not as much as Israel,” he told the committee.