Reports emanating from the Human Rights Watch said most senior Israeli officials openly support “shoot-to-kill” military defence tactics against their major foe, the Palestinians. The senior officials “have been encouraging Israeli soldiers and police to kill Palestinians they suspect of attacking Israelis even when they are no longer a threat” in view of this advocacy, others “failed to repudiate the calls for excessive use of force,” as contained in the Human Rights Watch report.
It was reported that more than 150 cases of security forces shooting Palestinians suspected of attacking Israelis have occurred since October 2015 in the reports.
Mr. Gilad Erdan, the Police Minister previously supported the idea of killing of armed terrorist.
“The question of course depends on circumstances,” Erdan revealed to a radio interviewer in October 2015. “There are clear instructions to the Israeli police. As soon as a police officer feels danger to himself or any other citizen, he needs to shoot according to the regulations. It’s clear. We don’t want to endanger any citizen or police officer. And also, every attacker who sets out to inflict harm should know that he will likely not survive the attack.”
The Human Right Watch report was published earlier before an awaited ruling on Wednesday in Israel. It was the ruling on a soldier Sergent Elor Azaria who has been found guilty of killing an injured and immobile Palestinian attacker who had attempted to wound an Israeli soldier in March, 2016.
Azaria is being tried in a military court, he was the “only security officer to face trial for the shooting to death of a Palestinian within the past year,” the group reported.
While commenting on Azaria’s case, Israeli Defense Force Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot said “an 18-year-old man serving in the army is not ‘everyone’s child,” the Times of Israel reported. “He is a fighter, a soldier, who must dedicate his life to carry out the tasks we give him. We cannot be confused about this.”