Moshe Ya'alon at Knesset plenum
Moshe Ya'alon at Knesset plenum Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

An attorney for the soldier under investigation after killing a wounded terrorist last Thursday blasted Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s comments, accusing him of passing judgment without knowing the facts.

Eyal Besserglick, who represents the soldier involved in the incident, spoke on Tuesday with Channel 10 ahead of a hearing for the soldier scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Ya’alon has been outspoken in his criticism of the soldier in question, condemning the shooting just hours after the incident occurred. On Monday Ya’alon said the soldier had “transgressed” and “was not a hero”. He further accused supporters of the soldier of undermining the army’s moral standing.

“What do you want here,” Ya’alon asked rhetorically, “an army that becomes bestial?”

Besserglick responded to Ya’alon’s comments, accusing him of rushing to judgment.

“He said that the soldier ‘transgressed’. How does he know? He isn’t privy to the evidence [in the case]. The investigators in the military police are the ones who get [to see the evidence].”

Besserglick argued that public opinion was overly influenced by a video distributed by the left-wing NGO B’Tselem, which he argued was misleading.

“The video that B’Tselem publicized is heavily edited and pretty biased, and that’s [clear] based on evidence that I have, as it does not show [what happened] before and after the terror attack – and that’s what’s important to know.”

“At the hearing on Sunday to extend [the soldier’s] arrest, the army lawyer stated that there were [a total of] 5-7 shots fired at the scene [of the terror attack], that the situation was explosive, that shouts of ‘there’s a bomb, there’s a bomb’ were heard, and that the terrorist was moving.”

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