When news reporters asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he called the commander of Elor Azaria after inciting comments were posted about him on Facebook, he replied: “There is no room for the belligerence of such waste. I call on everyone to remain calm and leave the IDF out of politics.”







Naaman and Netanyahu

Naaman and Netanyahu Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

For the first time, Netanyahu weighed in today (Monday) on the storm surrounding Major Tom Naaman, the commander of Elor Azaria who is standing trial for shooting a neutralized terrorist in Hebron. Naaman was heavily attacked on social media sites after he testified in the trial.

“There is no room for the belligerence of such waste,” Netanyahu said when he was asked whether he spoke with the Naaman family. “I say here what I told the father of the soldier [Azaria]: I trust the IDF, Chief of Staff, commanders and soldiers – I trust the judicial system one hundred percent- it’s serious, genuine and honest. I call on everyone to remain calm and leave the IDF out of politics. We need to safeguard the army just like it protects us.”

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Camp) spoke today with Naaman’s mother. Herzog said that he was shocked to hear that Netanyahu had not contacted the Naaman family: “After the conversation, I thought to myself that it’s surprising that Netanyahu hasn’t called Major Naaman’s parents. If his office is having trouble finding their number, we will give them it.”