U.S. 'excessive force' comment touches nerve in Israel
By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel bristled on Thursday at what it saw as U.S. suggestions it used excessive force following Palestinian stabbings, and published images to refute Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s allegation that a teen suspect had been “executed”. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was using legitimate force and any other country would do the same to deal with “people wielding knives, meat cleavers, axes, trying to kill people on their streets”. Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said in a statement that the PLO sent a letter on Thursday to the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions requesting an investigation into “state-sponsored killings of several Palestinians during the past few weeks”.
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