Sharon: Reports of a Jenin massacre 'ridiculous'
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Sunday rejected as "lies" of the "Palestinian empire of falsehood" reports Israel is burying Palestinians killed in the fighting with the IDF in the Jenin refugee camp last week.
"They look you in the eye and lie," Sharon said of the Palestinians. He said that not a single body has been buried.
Sharon also said rumors a massacre had been carried out are "ridiculous."
In a meeting with members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, he said he does not believe there is another army that would have acted as "cautiously" as the IDF did in Jenin, including the US Army. Other armies, Sharon said, would have "bombed the entire area."
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told the cabinet the number of Palestinians killed in Jenin was in the dozens, not the hundreds.
Responding to criticism of the IDF Spokesman for saying there were hundreds of Palestinians killed in Jenin, Ben-Eliezer said the spokesman was confused between hundreds who were injured and dozens who were killed.
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said many buildings in the camp were demolished because the terrorists wired them with explosives.
"There wasn't a house that wasn't booby-trapped," Peres said, "and there was no way to neutralize the danger without demolishing the structure."