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16 October, 2015

Israel outraged at US concern for ‘excessive use of force’

As Washington considers Israeli violence “excessive,” the UN envoy to Palestine has said Palestinians must be protected.

U.S. State Department statements that Israel might be using “excessive force” to confront a wave of stabbing attacks has generated a storm of criticism by senior Israeli officials in as tensions between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters exploded in the last two weeks.

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

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