Liberman doesn’t want israel’s IDF crimes and brutality recorded on film

vigdor Liberman Backs Bill Targeting NGOs That Film IDF Soldiers

Earlier this week, another video was released of IDF soldiers watching through a telescope as another IDF sniper shoots a Palestinian man and cheering him on, using vulgar language

Earlier this week, another video was released of IDF soldiers watching through a telescope as another IDF sniper shoots a Palestinian man and cheering him on, using vulgar language.

By Lahav Harkov
DOZENS OF cardboard cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are seen during a protest outside the US

IDF SOLDIERS detain a Palestinian during clashes at a protest in Hebron in February. (photo credit: REUTERS/MUSSA QAWASMA)

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman backed a bill that would send anyone who films IDF soldiers with the intent to harm them to prison for five or 10 years.

The proposal, submitted by Yisrael Beytenu faction chairman Robert Ilatov on Wednesday, states that anyone who films or records on-duty soldiers or disseminates such recordings on social media or mass media with the goal of undermining IDF soldiers’ or Israelis’ morale would get a five-year sentence, and anyone who does so with the intention of harming national security would go to prison for 10 years.
It is already illegal to take such photos without IDF permission, including for journalists, who are subject to military censorship.

The bill’s explanatory section mentions NGOs such as B’Tselem, Machsom Watch and Breaking the Silence, calling them “anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian… and BDS organizations.”

It states that “for many years, there has been a disturbing phenomenon in Israel of documenting IDF soldiers through videos, stills and voice recordings,” and that some NGOs have people follow soldiers all day long to try to “document them in a biased and slanted way… while sometimes accusing and insulting them.”

Ilatov said: “The time has come to put an end to this anarchy. It cannot be that any left-wing activist or organization, supported by foreign entities, can get free access and document, undisturbed, IDF soldiers on duty.

“We have the responsibility to give IDF soldiers the optimal conditions to do their jobs, without them having to be worried about a left-wing activist or organization sending out their photo and trying to shame them.”

Ilatov’s bill and comments came after Kan aired a video of Israelis approaching soldiers on patrol at the Gaza border, calling them terrorists and saying they serve in a racist army. MKs on the Right and Left condemned the video, which was also widely disseminated on social media

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Shoot and Cheer: Video of israeli Soldiers

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Maureen Clare Murphy Rights and Accountability 9 April 2018

A video of soldiers filming themselves shooting a Palestinian protester in Gaza and then cheering emerged one day after the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court warned Israeli leaders that they may face trial over the killings of unarmed demonstrators.

The undated video was reported on by Israel’s Channel 10 after it was shared on social media on Monday.

In the video, Palestinian demonstrators are apparently seen through a rifle scope or binoculars while Israeli soldiers discuss shooting a protester who is standing still near the Gaza-Israel boundary fence:

  After the soldiers shoot, the targeted Palestinian falls to the ground and the soldiers begin to cheer and celebrate how they had recorded it on video. A group of protesters comes to the aid of their injured comrade.

“Sons of whores,” one of the soldiers is heard saying.

At this point it is not known what kind of injuries were sustained by the targeted Palestinian.

 The Israeli military has claimed that the video was filmed months ago. But while the date of the incident is not yet known, it is a candid example of the lax open fire regulations under which Israeli soldiers are operating.

Nearly 30 unarmed Palestinians have been killed during protests along Gaza’s boundary since 30 March.

Human Rights Watch stated that the lethal crackdown on the Great March of Return protests launched on 30 March, when Palestinians mark Land Day, was “planned at the highest levels of the Israeli government:”

 Rallies are planned to continue through to Nakba Day, the 15 May commemoration of the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Almost 500 Palestinians were injured by live fire during last Friday’s protests alone.

“All of the peaceful demonstrators who were shot and killed by [Israeli occupation forces] were shot in their upper body parts, such as their heads, necks, chests and stomachs, which illustrates intent and a shoot-to-kill policy,” the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq stated on Monday.

“The majority of gunshot wounds have been to lower limbs, causing severe orthopedic injury (shattered bones) and vascular injuries,” the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians stated on Saturday.

 Gaza’s health ministry has also reported life-threatening injuries due to “less lethal” weaponry, such as a patient with a serious head and brain injury “appearing to result from the use of a ‘bean bag’ round which had become embedded in his skull,” according to the medical charity.

Gaza’s beleaguered healthcare sector, which the World Health Organization warned in February was on “the brink of collapse” after 11 years of Israeli blockade, has been unable to cope with the nearly 2,000 patients injured during protests.

Hospitals in Gaza declared a state of emergency due to the high number of casualties during the protests and a severe shortage of supplies.

Medical Aid for Palestinians reported on Monday that there is less than one month’s supply for half of all essential medicines in Gaza:

Israel prevents patients from leaving Gaza

Israel has also prevented two seriously wounded Palestinian youths, one of them a child under the age of 18, from traveling to the occupied West Bank to receive urgent medical care.

Yusif Karnaz, 20, and Muhammad al-Ajouri, 17, are in critical condition at Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital, according to the rights groups Adalah and Al Mezan, which say the two are “in immediate danger of losing their legs as a result of their gunshot wounds” sustained on 30 March.

COGAT, the bureaucratic arm of Israel’s military occupation, has refused the patients’ requests to exit Gaza to receive specialized treatment unavailable in the territory.

On Saturday, more than 70 international nongovernmental organizations operating in the West Bank and Gaza Strip condemned Israel’s “unlawful killing of civilians.”

The network of groups stated: “The targeting of nonviolent protesters is a violation of Palestinians’ right to life, health and freedom of assembly.”

Journalist Yaser Murtaja is evacuated after being shot in the stomach during a mass protest east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza, on 6 April. Ashraf Amra APA images

On Monday the Committee to Protect Journalists condemned comments made by Israel’s defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, following the death of Yaser Murtaja, shot while covering the protests in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, on Friday.

Murtaja was shot in the stomach while “wearing a bulletproof vest and helmet that were both clearly marked with the words ‘PRESS’ when he was hit,” the Committee to Protect Journalists stated.

During a Passover celebration on Saturday, Lieberman had stated in reference to Murtaja that “anyone who operates drones over Israeli soldiers needs to understand he’s putting himself at risk.”

He added that “we’ve seen dozens of cases where Hamas terrorists used ambulances, dressed up as Red Crescent medical personnel, dressed up as journalists. We won’t take any chances. I think it’s clear to everyone that the [Israeli Defense Forces] is the most moral army in the world.”

Last month, it was Israeli military personnel disguised as journalists who carried out an arrest raid at Birzeit University in the occupied West Bank, shooting and injuring two Palestinian students and prompting condemnation from the Israeli journalists union.

An Israeli military probe found no evidence that Murtaja or any other Palestinian was operating a drone during last Friday’s demonstrations.

The military has denied that it targets journalists and said it would investigate Murtaja’s killing.

“Israeli authorities must thoroughly investigate the killing of Yaser Murtaja, rather than sustain their record of making empty pledges to probe the killing of journalists during conflict and other dangerous assignments,” Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, stated in a press release on Monday.

Five other journalists were wounded by live fire and shrapnel while covering the protests on Friday.

The Gaza-based rights group Al Mezan, which says it is cooperating with the International Criminal Court, said regarding Murtaja’s slaying that “the Israeli forces’ lethal and injurious targeting of protected civilians corresponds with the crime of wilful killing, a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

The group added that it “documents whether a crime is committed within the context of a widespread and systematic attack, in the case that it may also amount to a crime against humanity.”

On Sunday defense minister Lieberman called for a criminal probe into the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, which warned soldiers ahead of Friday’s protest that they would be committing crimes if they obeyed orders to shoot unarmed civilians.

“I take a serious view of this attempt to sow fear and division among IDF fighters and commanders at a time when the IDF is protecting Israel’s southern border from Hamas sabotage and provocations,” Lieberman stated.

B’Tselem termed Lieberman’s call on the attorney general to investigate the group “unwarranted and baseless,” and reiterated its “appeal to Israeli soldiers to refuse to abide by patently unlawful orders to use lethal force against unarmed protesters in Gaza”:

Lawmakers with Lieberman’s right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party are meanwhile gathering signatures in support of a petition to impeach Haneen Zoabi, a Palestinian member of Israel’s parliament, after she voiced her support of the Gaza protests.

“We need to go on popular marches to remind the world of the siege [of Gaza],” Zoabi said, according to The Jerusalem Post.

“We need millions of Palestinians to march on Jerusalem. That is the aspiration. But we can’t do it, because the Israelis would kill them.”

Condemnation

Israel has come under mounting condemnations of its use of lethal force against unarmed protesters, with Russia calling it “indiscriminate and unacceptable” on Monday, hours after Moscow blamed Israel for an attack on a Syrian air base.

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn – who has been reluctant to confront an effort by pro-Israel groups to smear Palestine rights supporters in his left-wing base as anti-Semites – called for a review of arms sales to Israel over Gaza protest deaths.

“The killing and wounding of yet more unarmed Palestinian protesters yesterday by Israeli forces in Gaza is an outrage,” Corbyn stated on Facebook on Saturday.

“The majority of the people of the Gaza Strip are stateless refugees, subject to a decade long blockade and the denial of basic human and political rights.”

He urged the UK government to support the UN secretary-general’s call for an independent international probe “and review the sale of arms that could be used in violation of international law.”

Israel’s stalwart apologists in the United States government – which blocked a United Nations Security Council statement condemning the Gaza protest killings for the second consecutive week – are also coming under pressure to speak out.

Seven members of the Jewish solidarity group IfNotNow were arrested outside the Manhattan offices of Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on Monday.

Activists read out the names of slain Palestinians and recited mourning prayer for them before forming a human chain to block entrance to the building.

Guaranteeing ’Israel’s’ ’Ethnic Purity’

Darko Lazar

07-04-2018 | 09:14

Palestinian officials say “Israeli” forces are guilty of indiscriminant murder. “Israel’s” Avigdor Lieberman says his soldiers deserve a commendation.

Nakba Day

Shockingly, both are talking about the same event, when tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in the besieged Gaza Strip to mark Land Day – the anniversary of the expropriation of Palestinian lands in 1976.

The protests also kicked off a six-week rally, dubbed the Great March of Return. The demonstrations will carry on until the Nakba anniversary on May 15, marking 70 years since 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their villages and towns by Zionist militias.

But in just one week, the “Israelis” have already martyred 30 Palestinians and wounded thousands of others.

According to “Israeli” officials like Lieberman, the Palestinian protesters are guilty of ‘charging’ the fence that separates Gaza from the remainder of occupied Palestine.

“”Israeli” soldiers did what was necessary. I think all our soldiers deserve a medal,” Lieberman said last week.

The “necessary” appears to include a combination of live rounds, rubber-coated steel pellets, unmanned drones used to unleash tear-gas, and artillery fire.

On the receiving end of this massive firepower are unarmed Palestinian youths like Abdel Fattah Abd al-Nabi. Footage posted online shows this 18-year-old running with a car tire in his hand, before being shot in the back by an “Israeli” sniper.

“These gatherings are peaceful marches,” an activist with the anti-wall and settlements movement, Jamal Juma, explains. “The side resorting to violence and force is the “Israeli” military. They don’t care about Palestinian lives.”

The 11-year-long deadly blockade of Gaza and three massive, genocidal attacks in just over five years certainly reinforce the argument that the “Israelis” are not too concerned with taking Palestinian lives.

However, massacring dozens of protesters in broad daylight also suggests that Tel Aviv is by no means indifferent when it comes to peaceful methods of resistance and remains highly sensitive to the Gandhian approach.

Gandhian tactics of unarmed protest have been widely used in the West Bank for decades. Now the strategy has been adopted en masse by Palestinian resistance groups and residents in Gaza – a place often demonized by Tel Aviv and its allies as a hotbed of terrorism.

But perhaps the biggest threat to the “Israeli” occupation of Palestinian lands is the size of the demonstrations.

The high death toll indicates that Tel Aviv is extremely alarmed by the number of Palestinians that remain attached to the ‘right of return’ – the notion that Palestinian refugees and their millions of descendants should be allowed to return to the homes their families were ethnically cleansed from to ensure “Israel’s” “ethnic purity.”

The demographic threat

Although much of the western coverage of the Middle East loves to label “Israel” as the region’s ‘only liberal democracy’, Tel Aviv’s actual policies expose a drastic dissonance between such descriptions and the reality on the ground.

In no other category is this more evident than in Tel Aviv’s pursuit of ethnic purity.

In an effort to preserve their racial makeup, the “Israelis” have gone as far as injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control, often without their knowledge or consent, while introducing an effective ban on marriages between “Israelis” and Palestinians.

More importantly, in 2015, the “Israeli” Supreme Court provided legal cover for the demolition of Palestinian communities, making it that much easier to simply shove Palestinians off their own land.

Meanwhile, in 1950, the “Israeli” Knesset passed the so-called Law of Return that allows Jews from anywhere in the world to claim citizenship in “Israel”, while barring Palestinians expelled after various wars from returning home.

As such, the ethnic purity of “Israel” is contingent upon the 1.8 million Palestinians – 80 per cent of whom are refugees – remaining in an open-air prison in the Gaza Strip.

The consequences of these policies often manifest themselves in the form of “Israeli” soldiers killing unarmed protesters – a practice involving heavily armed troops doing little more than ‘defending’ “Israel” from a population regarded as a demographic threat.

Decades of “Israeli” impunity

The Palestinian Authority described the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, as the ‘ambassador of hatred’ after she blocked any condemnation of Tel Aviv for the latest slaughter of Palestinians.

Last April, Haley famously stood up during a UN Security Council meeting and displayed images of Syrian children allegedly killed by the Damascus government in a gas attack.

However, last weekend, Haley failed to show any such compassion for Palestinian children, killed in full view of the world’s media, with no disputes over who perpetrated the killings.

Instead, the US diplomat first blocked a draft statement urging restraint and calling for an investigation into the killings, and then rose to greet her “Israeli” counterpart Danny Danon with hugs and kisses.

According to Jamal Juma, the “Israelis” “are getting away with every crime because they are immune by this international system, particularly [with the help] of the US and European countries that are silent.”

In many respects, Land Day is also a reminder of the decades of “Israeli” impunity against Palestine and the western-backed Zionist expansion, which is defined by colonialism, racism and the obliteration of Palestinian heritage.

Source: Al-Ahed

Sheer evil, Lieberman Rejects Calls for Investigation, Says israeli Soldiers ‘Deserve Medals’ for Killing Gazans

Lieberman: Israeli Soldiers ‘Deserve Medals’ for Killing Gazans

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Defence Minister. (Photo: via Twitter)

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday, that Israel will not hold any investigation, or cooperate with international inquiries, into the excessive use force against unarmed protesters in Gaza last Friday, leading to the death of 17 Palestinians, in addition to hundreds of injuries.

Lieberman did not only refuse any investigation into the deadly Israeli military assault, but also said that Israel will not cooperate with any inquiry, including potential international investigation.

The Israeli official who live in an illegal Jewish colony in the occupied West Bank, even threatened stronger and more violent military measures against the Palestinian protesters, “especially if any of them try to cross the border fence.”

’Israeli’ Fears of a Russian Buffer

Darko Lazar

03-03-2018 | 08:37

Since the start of the Russian military intervention in Syria in September 2015, the political and military establishment in Tel Aviv, along with “Israel’s” analysts and the wider public, have been keeping a close eye on developments across the border.

Israeli soldiers

Today, “Israel’s” airwaves are saturated with analytics about Russia’s alliance with Iran. And although opinions vary on a wide range of issues in accordance with local political loyalties, there appears to be a general consensus that the Iranian role in Syria – crucial in defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of that country – represents a threat to “Israeli” ‘national interests’.

Another generally shared acknowledgment among “Israel’s” leftists, the right, the centrists, religious fundamentalists and Arab parties is that Moscow’s decision to intervene in Syria established the cornerstone for its growing influence in the Middle East, and one that is gradually suppressing the role of Tel Aviv’s main benefactor – the US.

Most “Israelis” are not exactly thrilled about the prospect of a Middle East where ‘the rules of the game are dictated by Moscow’, primarily due to the existing strategic co-operation between the Russians, Iran and, increasingly, Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

While there is no shortage of ‘expert opinion’ in “Israel” arguing that Russia is more than happy with the growing strength of the Resistance Axis, which serves its own national interests by countering the US, there are also those who believe that Moscow can be persuaded to abandon its alliance with Tehran.

However, the recent shooting-down of the “Israeli” F-16 fighter jet by Syrian forces suggests that only the former is true, and that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has at the very least no real sympathy for “Israeli” ‘security concerns’. But it is also Moscow’s increasingly cozy relationship with the Lebanese government that doesn’t bode well for “Israeli” regional ambitions.

The Levant Basin

The discovery of one of the largest oil and gas fields in the world in over a decade has dramatically altered the geopolitical reality in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The 2010 find transformed “Israel” from barely even consuming natural gas to a major producer, now eyeing significant export opportunities.

But the massive reserves are not confined to “Israeli”-controlled waters and stretch into neighboring states – including Lebanon.

For Lebanon’s debt-ridden economy, the discovery is a critical lifeline. The country, which is almost entirely reliant on imports to meet its energy demand and has one of the highest ratios of public debt to GDP in the world, is in dire need of the lucrative revenue that oil and gas would provide.

According to geophysical surveys conducted by the UK company, Spectrum, Lebanese waters could hold up to 25 trillion cubic feet of economically recoverable gas.

Naturally, news that Beirut was finally starting to drill the reserves last month was welcomed in Lebanon. But not everyone is celebrating.

In mid-February, “Israeli” Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz warned the Lebanese to avoid “the disputed line-of-contact,” in reference to the triangular water area known as Block 9.

Tel Aviv claims that 860 square kilometers of water in the triangular zone belong to “Israel”, leaving Lebanon with only 550 square kilometers.

Those demarcations have been flatly rejected by the Lebanese side, prompting “Israel’s” Avigdor Lieberman to threaten a “full-scale” invasion, should drilling on Block 9 start.

Just days earlier, at a formal ceremony in Beirut on February 9, Lebanese President Michel Aoun braved external pressures and signed the first agreements for drilling in Lebanon’s offshore sector with three energy companies, including Russia’s Novatek.

Novatek, which is Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer, also happens to be close to Vladimir Putin.

It is perhaps no coincidence then that the signing of the new energy agreement also coincided with the Kremlin authorizing the Russian Defense Ministry to prepare a military cooperation treaty that includes a “comprehensive framework for coordination” with the Lebanese armed forces.

The treaty consists of “exchanging information on defense means and enhancing international security capabilities; activating anti-terror cooperation; improving joint cooperation in the fields of cadre training, military exercises and armed forces building; exchanging IT expertise; establishing mechanisms for cooperation between the two countries’ armies.”

Experts maintain that the move should not be construed so much as a Russian effort to challenge the “Israeli” military, but rather as a preemptive measure aimed at averting another “Israeli” attack on Lebanon. Of course, in case of any direct military confrontation, the responsibility of guaranteeing Lebanese sovereignty will still fall squarely on Hezbollah.

As already escalating tensions between Beirut and Tel Aviv spike further over the maritime and border disputes, the eventuality of war is ever present.

Earlier this week, US Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that “Israel” was preparing to attack Lebanon.

“Southern Lebanon is where the next war is coming,” he said after touring the Middle East.

Graham claimed that the “Israelis” are itching to strike Hezbollah’s guided-rocket capabilities.

“They’ve told us in no uncertain terms that if this threat continues – they keep making rockets that can hit the airport and do a lot of damage to […] “Israel” — they are going to have to go in,” he added.

Graham explained that Washington was expected to provide diplomatic support when “Israeli” strikes hit civilian targets in Lebanon as well as deliver “ammunition, ammunition, ammunition”.

To what extent Russia is able to contain the situation remains to be seen. But its military and energy agreements with Lebanon certainly demonstrate the Kremlin’s willingness to keep Tel Aviv’s and Washington’s warmongering in check.

Source: Al-Ahed

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 19, 2018: SYRIAN ARMY AND YPG WORKING TO REACH DEAL OVER AFRIN

SOUTH FRONT

The Syrian military has deployed a large force, including the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Republican Guard and other pro-government factions, near the militant-held pocket in Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta. The force is led by the Tiger Forces’ commander, Gen. Suheil al-Hassan.

Late on February 18, artillery pieces and rocket launchers of the SAA started shelling positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra), Ahrar al-Sham and other militant groups in the neighborhoods of Nashabiyah, Tel Ferzat, Mesraba, Hawsh Ashari, Autaya, Eyen Tarma, Irbin, Harasta and Jobar. Warplanes of the Syrian Air Force also carried out airstrikes on identified ammo depots and HQs belonging to the militant groups.

Early on February 19, sporadic clashes were reported in few areas of the pocket. However, a large-scale SAA advance has not yet started.

On February 18, Ahrar al-Sham and Nour al-Din al-Zenki released an official statement announcing that they had merged and formed a new militant group entitled “the Syrian Liberation Front”. The declared goal of the new militant group is to fight the SAA, its allies as well as other enemies of the so-called “Syrian revolution”.

According to reports, the group will be led by Jaber Ali Basha, a senior commander of Ahrar al-Sham. Syrian experts believe that the groups are trying to use the merger to hide a trace of beheadings and terrorist attacks associated with the brands of Ahrar al-Sham and Nour al-Din al-Zenki as well as to use it as a card in competition for the power in Idlib with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Considering that the both groups have some ties with Ankara, the merger may be conducted within the wider Turkish plan aimed at expanding its influence in the area.

The story with Damascus-YPG negotiations over a possible SAA deployment in the Afrin area is still developing as Kurdish sources provide conflicting reports and statements on the issue.

While the Kurdish political leadership are bargaining, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army continued their advance and captured the villages of Hecika Fuqani, Hecika Tahtani and Dervish Ubashi.

Meanwhile, the YPG media claimed that YPG members had conducted an attack on a TAF HQ in the village of Qiri Xane in the southern Turkish province of Hatay and killed 7 TAF service members there. The reports are not confirmed by the Turkish side.

On February 18, the Hezbollah media wing in Syria released a video threatening to strike Israeli offshore oil and gas operations in case of Israeli aggression.

The video quotes remarks of the movement’s leader Hassan Nasrallah over the recent Israeli-Lebanese oil dispute issue over the Block 9 the Block 9 oil and gas field.

“If you prevent us, we prevent you; if you open fire at us, we will open fire; if you hit us, we will hit you;”

The video shows the facilities of Karish, Tamar and Lavthan as targets of possible missile attacks.

In December, Lebanon approved a bid from a consortium of France’s Total, Italy’s Eni and Russia’s Novatek for two of the five blocks put up for tender in Lebanon’s first oil and gas offshore licensing round. However, Israel pretends that Block 9 is at least partly located in its waters. On January 31, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman even threatened the companies that will develop the oil field and said that they are “making a grave error.”

Lieberman: “It’s Not the Time to Bark, but to Bite Hard”

February 13, 2018

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned on Tuesday that Tel Aviv will react to any “provocation” in the north, just few days after Syria downed an Israeli F16 fighter jet which was carrying air strikes in the Arab country.

“I tried not to speak in the last few days,” Lieberman said during a scheduled visit in the northern town of Kiryat Shmona, Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported.

“This is not the time for talk, it’s time for action… We will respond to any provocation and will continue to defend our interests.

“It’s not the time to bark, but the time to bite. And we will bite hard,” Lieberman added.

The Israeli DM, who was visiting security-related firms in the area, was referring to Saturday confrontation, which ended up in the crash of the F16 and the injury of its two pilots.

Commenting on the Russian stance on the confrontation Lieberman said it shows that “each side has its own interests.”

He added, however, that “the fact that there’s open dialogue [with Russia] prevents unnecessary friction.”

Following the confrontation on Saturday, Tel Aviv urged “urgent intervention” by Moscow in order to prevent further escalation in the situation.

SourceIsraeli media

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