U.S. 'excessive force' comment touches nerve in Israel

October 15, 2015 9:42 AM

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JERUSALEM U.S. State Department suggestions that Israel might be using excessive force to confront a wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks drew sharp criticism on Thursday from senior Israeli cabinet ministers.

Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon accused Washington of "misreading" the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and he said shooting knife-wielding Palestinians was self-defense. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called the U.S. remarks "foolish".

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