Middle East

Israeli leader slams criticism of military after shooting

FILE - In this Thursday, March 24, 2016 file photo, Israeli soldiers stand near the body of a Palestinian who was shot and killed by a soldier while laying wounded on the ground after a stabbing attack in Hebron, West Bank.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the military Sunday, March 27, 2016 following uproar over footage of a soldier lethally shooting a Palestinian attacker who had already been shot and subdued. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - In this Thursday, March 24, 2016 file photo, Israeli soldiers stand near the body of a Palestinian who was shot and killed by a soldier while laying wounded on the ground after a stabbing attack in Hebron, West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the military Sunday, March 27, 2016 following uproar over footage of a soldier lethally shooting a Palestinian attacker who had already been shot and subdued. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

Israel's prime minister is defending the military after footage emerged of a soldier lethally shooting a Palestinian attacker who had already been shot and subdued.

Benjamin Netanyahu has previously said the incident in question does not reflect the military's conduct, and on Sunday said criticism of the armed forces as a whole over the incident is "outrageous and unacceptable."

The military has arrested the soldier and opened an investigation into what it said appeared to be a "grave breach" of its values.

Several right-wing lawmakers have come to the soldier's defense, accusing detractors of abandoning him before he was given a fair hearing. Hundreds protested outside the prison in which he is being held, and posters have surfaced denouncing the defense minister and military chief.