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Netanyahu backs army chief in row over use of deadly force

February 21
14:23 2016

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his army chief on Sunday after his comments on the use of force against young Palestinian attackers drew rightwing fire. Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot on Wednesday told high school seniors heading for compulsory military service that troops should not use excessive firepower in combating a wave of Palestinian violence in which many youthful assailants have died. Hardliners, including senior members of Netanyahu's own Likud party, responded angrily to his comments.

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