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  2/3/2009, Shevat 9, 5769

MK Eldad: Charge Spanish Officials as They Charged Us


Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad (National Union) has called for Israel to put former Spanish officials on trial for their role in the bombing of Serbia in 1999 by forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). His official request was sent to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Friday, in the wake of a Spanish court agreeing with Arab organizations to try senior Israelis for an Israeli Air Force operation that killed senior Hamas terrorist Salah Shehadeh and a number of noncombattants in 2002.

"In those bombings," Eldad's petition said, "hundreds, perhaps thousands, of innocent civilians were killed because NATO pilots dropped their bombs from extremely high altitudes in order not to endanger themselves." He added, "It is fitting that the State of Israel try the Spanish political and military leaders for war crimes if Spain does not immediately revoke the charges against the Israeli Defense Minister and Chief of Staff."

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