Lapid slams international criticism of cop who shot Palestinian stabber dead

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Prime Minister Yair Lapid (center), IDF chief Aviv Kohavi (left), and Lapid's military secretary Avi Gil, are seen at the IDF's West Bank headquarters, December 4, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Prime Minister Yair Lapid (center), IDF chief Aviv Kohavi (left), and Lapid's military secretary Avi Gil, are seen at the IDF's West Bank headquarters, December 4, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Visiting the military’s West Bank headquarters, outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid slams international criticism of a Border Police officer who shot a Palestinian stabber dead.

“The government fully backs our troops. We will not allow investigations by foreign parties, we will not accept defamation of IDF soldiers and Shin Bet and Border Police troops who risk their lives every day to protect Israel and its citizens,” Lapid says in remarks provided by his office.

Yesterday, the United Nations envoy to the Middle East said he was “horrified” by the killing of Ammar Mifleh by a Border Police officer in the West Bank town of Huwara. Mifleh had stabbed another officer in the face, and had attempted to stab an Israeli couple in their car, according to Israeli officials.

Lapid also swipes back at criticism from right-wing lawmakers over the jailing of a soldier who taunted an activist in Hebron.

“Against the terror organizations, we need a strong, disciplined army, with a clear chain of command, that operates only according to the law. This is the secret of our strength, this is what created the strength of the IDF,” Lapid says.

Lapid is briefed on recent events by senior army officials at the West Bank headquarters, alongside IDF chief Aviv Kohavi and National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata.

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