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Israeli defense minister condemns settler violence against Palestinians

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Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Tuesday condemned violence against Palestinians by Jewish settlers in the West Bank, saying in a state of law, only the police and the military had the right to use force.

“There is, sadly, violence from extremists that we must condemn,” Gallant told a news conference, hours after the United States announced it would impose visa bans against individuals involved in undermining peace, security or stability in the occupied West Bank.

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The West Bank, among the territories where Palestinians seek statehood, has experienced a surge of violence in recent months amid expanding Jewish settlements and a nearly decade-old impasse in US-sponsored peacemaking.

“In a state of law, and Israel is a state of law, the right to use violence belongs only to those who are certified to do so by the government, in our case that’s the [Israeli army], the Israeli police, the Shin Bet (security service) and such,” Gallant said.

“Nobody else has any authority to use violence,” he said.

With Reuters

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