Speaking to Army Radio on Sunday morning, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that the IDF troops along the Gaza border on Friday acted in accordance with the rules and only shot at Palestinians who approached the security fence. He also stated that no probe into their actions will be held.

Soldiers standing near the Gaza border

Soldiers standing near the Gaza border Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman dismissed on Sunday morning the calls to establish a committee to investigate the IDF’s response to the Friday Israeli-Gazan border protests. In the clashes, 17 Palestinians were killed. According to the Israeli military, most of them were Hamas terrorists.

“We have no interest in returning to Gaza,” Liberman told Army Radio this morning. “We are not planning to return and establish a military rule and Jewish towns there. We will protect ourselves and the rest is up to them [the Gazans].”

Liberman stressed that the soldiers “acted in accordance with the rules” and that Palestinians who did not approach the fence were not shot. Regarding Meretz leader Tamar Zandberg’s call for an investigation into the border clashes, Liberman said: “I think that the Meretz party hasn’t represented Israel’s interest for a long time.”

On Saturday, Liberman condemned Israel’s left-wing parties, saying that they “got confused and thought that Hamas had organized a Woodstock festival yesterday and we should have handed them flowers.”