Netanyahu "unequivocally" condemns death of Palestinian youth
Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 01:20
Following the death of a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows to ''bring to justice the criminals responsible for this despicable crime.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Days after the discovery of three Israeli teens found dead in the West Bank, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that's no excuse for the death of a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem.
"In both our lands, the rights of the individual are sacred. And the foremost right -- without which the others cannot exist -- is the right to live. And that is why we pursued the murderers of Gilad, Eyal and Naftali. They denied them that basic right in such a cruel way," Netanyahu said.
"And that is why I unequivocally condemn the murder of a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem a few days ago. The police investigation is ongoing. We don't know yet the motives, or the identities of the perpetrators, but we will. We will bring to justice the criminals responsible for this despicable crime," the prime minister went on to say, speaking from the U.S. ambassador's house in Herzliya. One of the three teens that went missing in the occupied West Bank, Naftali, also held U.S. citizenship.
Israeli police are investigating the possibility that the Palestinian youth was a victim of a revenge killing over the deaths of three Jewish teenagers, whose abduction on June 12 Israel has blamed on Islamist Hamas militants in the occupied West Bank.
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