Israeli minister wants to ‘shoot to kill’ Palestinians, including children

Bennet (Left) Israeli soldier (Right)

Israel’s education minister Naftali Bennett has stated in a radio interview that he would implement a “shoot to kill” policy against Palestinians, including children.

Shoot to kill

Bennett’s comments came in response to Israel’s Army Radio, which asked him what he would do differently compared with current defence minister Avigdor Liberman.

Bennett stated, using the term ‘terrorist’ to refer vaguely to Palestinians:

Everything. I would not allow terrorists to cross the border from Gaza every day… and if they do, we should shoot to kill. Terrorists from Gaza should not enter Israel… Just as in Lebanon, Syria or anywhere else we should shoot to kill

Bennett was then asked whether this “shoot to kill” policy would be applied to Palestinian children, to which he replied:

They are not children — they are terrorists.

Naftali Bennett

The Canary has previously reported on Bennett’s disturbing ideas. Earlier this year, he also said the army should kill anyone, including children, sending ‘incendiary devices‘ over the border. In the discussion between Bennett and military chief Gadi Eisenkot, Bennett stated:

Read on...

Why not shoot anyone who launches aerial weapons at our communities, and at the cells? There is no legal impediment. Why shoot next to them and not directly at them? These are terrorists for all intents and purposes.

Bennett continued by asking whether they could target those who are “identified as an adult”. Eisenkot replied:

Are you proposing to drop a bomb from a plane on incendiary balloon and kite cells?

The education minister reportedly confirmed that this was exactly what he was asking.

Bennett has also affirmed that he isn’t prepared to return any Palestinian land or appease worldwide pleas to free the Palestinian people:

I would not give another centimeter to the Arabs. We have to drop the idea that if we give them more territory the world will love us… The defense minister is ready to give up Nokdim, his home, for a Palestinian state. I am not prepared to do this.


The killing of children, such as those targeted in Palestine, goes against international humanitarian law.

In his exchange with Bennett, Eisenkot stated:

I don’t think shooting teens and children—who are sometimes the ones launching the balloons and kites—is right

But despite these words, Israeli forces have killed children; the most recent case being 13-year-old Faris Sarsawi, who was shot dead at a border protest just a few days ago. And Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza alone reportedly killed 521 children.

What is clear is the need for a solution to this situation. In Britain, we need a government that will recognise and stand up for Palestinians, instead of being complicit in their suffering. We need a change, and we need it fast.

Get Involved!

Join The Canary if you appreciate the work we do.

– Support the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign. Also, find out more about the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, and see previous Canary articles on Israel.

Write to your national or local politicians to share your concerns about the actions of the Israeli government.

Featured image via YouTube/YouTube

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed