Israel won’t cooperate with any international inquiry into the deaths of 16 Palestinians near the border with the Gaza Strip, the nation’s defense minister said Sunday.
On Saturday, U.N. Spokesman Farhan Haq said that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was calling for an “independent and transparent” into the clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian protesters one day earlier.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman responded in a statement: “The procession of hypocrites calling for a committee of inquiry must understand that there will be no such thing. There will not be any international inquiry. We will not cooperate with any inquiry of this kind.”
Lierberman denied Israel Defense Forces fired on peaceful protesting Palestinians, but only targeted those who charged the border fence to breach it or to plant explosives there.