Yaalon: 'Excessive Force' Accusation is 'Nonsense'

Incredulous Defense Min. asks State Dept.: How is neutralizing someone 'wielding a knife and killing people' excessive?

Cynthia Blank ,

Moshe Yaalon
Moshe Yaalon
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Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon slammed the United States on Thursday after a State Department spokesperson accused Israel of using "excessive force" when subduing Arab terrorists. 

While addressing ongoing Arab terror in Israel on Wednesday, State Department spokesman John Kirby asserted that "without qualifying each and every one of them, we’ve certainly seen some reports of security activity that could indicate the potential use of excessive force."

In an interview with Army Radio, Yaalon blasted Kirby's contention, calling it utter nonsense.  

"We are using excessive force?" the Defense Minister asked incredulously. "If someone is wielding a knife and killing people, [then our response is considered] excessive force? What are we talking about here? This is nonsense."

Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan also lashed out at the State Department on Thursday, accusing it of "accept[ing] lies...without investigation" as well as harboring a longstanding animosity toward Israel. 

Israel does not use "excessive force," Erdan stressed. "The police do not bother innocent people. When police or Israeli citizens take action, it is to protect life, within the parameters of the law.”