Tag: idf

Israel/Palestine: Some Officials Backing ‘Shoot-to-Kill’

http://cpt.org/index.php?q=gallery&g2_itemId=2660, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11301897

Calls for Extrajudicial Killings of Palestinian Suspects Proliferate

Some senior Israeli officials have been encouraging Israeli soldiers and police to kill Palestinians they suspect of attacking Israelis even when they are no longer a threat, Human Rights Watch said today in an analysis of those statements. Other Israeli officials have failed to repudiate the calls for excessive use of force.

Human Rights Watch has documented numerous statements since October 2015, by senior Israeli politicians, including the police minister and defense minister, calling on police and soldiers to shoot to kill suspected attackers, irrespective of whether lethal force is actually strictly necessary to protect life.

Israel Nearly Doubles Their Arsenal of Stealth Fighters. But Why?

The office of the Israeli Prime Minister issued a statement Sunday that the country would be adding 17 new F-35 stealth fighters to their Air Force.

The 17 new jets would bring the total number of stealth fighters in the Israeli arsenal up to 50. This will create the capability for Israel to run two full squadrons of the jets.

The F-35, nicknamed the Adir (translated to glorious or mighty in Hebrew) is a stealth fighter manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The fighter is capable of vertical takeoff, supersonic speeds, and evading radar.