Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a group of U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday that the concern they expressed to the Obama administration about alleged human-rights violations in Israel was misguided.
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont and ten House members had asked the Obama administration to investigate human-rights violations allegedly committed by Israel and Egypt.
Netanyahu said that their complaints should be directed instead against those who “incite youngsters to commit cruel acts of terrorism.”
“The IDF and the Israel Police do not engage in executions,” he said in a statement. “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 have been murdered and maimed by these savage terrorists,” he asked.