Lieberman and Netanyahu threaten Palestinians with new massacre

Israel ‘prepared to open fire’ on new Gaza protests, defence minister says

5 April, 2018

Israeli forces are prepared to open fire on demonstrators in the Gaza Strip on Friday, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said, with open-fire rules to remain unchanged for the upcoming mass protests.

Last week, Israeli soldiers opened fire on a protest by tens of thousands of unarmed Palestinians on the Gaza border, killing at least 17 people.
“If there are provocations, there will be a reaction of the harshest kind like last week,” Lieberman said on Thursday.
“We do not intend to change the rules of engagement,” the minister told public radio.

Netanyahu praises Israeli army after killings of Palestinians

Dozens more wounded in second day of Gaza protests as condemnation over Israeli military’s use of live fire grows.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised Israel’s security forces after the killing of 17 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, just as condemnation of the Israeli army’s use of live ammunition against protesters grows.
In a statement on Saturday, Netanyahu thanked his troops for “guarding the country’s borders” and allowing “Israeli citizens to celebrate the [Passover] holiday peacefully”.
“Well done to our soldiers,” he said.