Netanyahu: Effigy burning of IDF soldiers is 'deplorable’

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May 14, 2017 14:09
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned those who burned in effigy IDF soldiers during Lag Ba'omer celebrations in Jerusalem on Saturday night.

“Last night, there was a reprehensible incident in Jerusalem,” Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting.

“An extremist and truly marginal faction of ultra-orthodox society, a faction identified with Neturei Karta, burned effigies of IDF soldiers in uniform along with Israeli flags, in order to offend ultra-orthodox soldiers,” Netanyahu said.

“This was deplorable. IDF soldiers guard everyone, including the ultra-Orthodox, including these people. I expect, request and demand that all public leaders condemn this despicable act and I also request that the police find those responsible,” he added.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman called on Israel’s police force to get involved and for leaders of the ultra-Orthodox community to condemn those actions.

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