Barak: IDF's restraint on borders prevented bloodbath

Defense minister tells Channel 2 army successfully defended Israel's sovereignty against Nakba Day infiltrators on Syrian, Lebanese borders.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 15, 2011 21:29
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

ehud barak 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday defended the IDF's use of force against Nakba Day protesters attempting to infiltrate Israel's Syrian and Lebanese borders, saying the soldiers' restraint actually saved lives.

"We used protest dispersal methods, but the number of people involved made this difficult. There comes a moment when there's no choice but to fire at their legs and it is very good that forces acted with restraint and judgment and we did not have here a ruinous bloodbath."

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