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Lieberman: Time to Change the Rules of Engagement

Yisrael Beytenu chairman calls on the IDF to change its rules of engagements and open fire at rock-throwing terrorists.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 3/15/2013, 4:16 AM

Avigdor Lieberman
Avigdor Lieberman
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Yisrael Beytenu chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday evening that the IDF should change its rules of engagements and instruct soldiers to open fire at rock-throwing terrorists.

Lieberman, who was reacting to Thursday evening’s collision that was caused by rock-throwing terrorists and resulted in a baby being critically wounded, reminded that rock-throwing terror attacks by Arabs have been ongoing for more than 30 years.

"The first victim who was killed by rock-throwing Arab rioters was soldier Esther Ohana, who had a rock thrown at her vehicle, hit her head and lost consciousness, and died two weeks later," Lieberman said, speaking of an attack that took place in January of 1983.

Since the murder of Ohana thirty years ago, "dozens of others were hurt and seriously wounded by Arab rock-throwing rioters in Judea and Samaria," added the former Foreign Minister.

Lieberman expressed hope that new defense minister Moshe Yaalon “will finally change the rules of engagement so that fire can be opened at rock-throwers, so that rock-throwing would be treated like shooting using firearms. Only this kind of change will stop civilians and soldiers from being targeted by Arab rioters and prevent disasters such as what happened in the Shomron this evening.”

Bayit Yehudi chairman MK Naftali Bennett reacted Thursday evening to the rock terror attack, saying, "Some people take rock throwing lightly, and prevent action against them. Rock throwers are trying to murder and they need to be treated accordingly.”

Seconds before the crash that wounded the baby, along with her mother and two sisters, the wife of former Likud MK Yehiel Hazan was also wounded by rock-throwing terrorists who targeted the bus in which she was riding.