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February 21, 2016 10:26 am

Netanyahu Defends IDF Chief’s Controversial Remarks on Rules of Engagement

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PM Benjamin Netanyahu walks with IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkott along Israel's border fence. Photo: Twitter.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu walks with IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkott along Israel’s border fence. Photo: Twitter.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended Israel’s military chief on Sunday after the general drew fire for saying he would not want soldiers confronting a wave of Palestinian stabbings to “empty a magazine” into a girl wielding scissors.

One member of Netanyahu’s right-wing cabinet said Lieutenant-General Gadi Eisenkot’s remarks last week could be misinterpreted by Israel’s international critics as confirming allegations, which it denies, that disproportionate force has been used against assailants, many of them youths.

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