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Defense Chief Cynically Exploits Israeli Army as Part of His Election Campaign

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Defense Minister Naftali Bennett continues to exploit the Defense Ministry and use it as the election campaign headquarters of Hayamin Hehadash. After threatening Hamas and Iran, declaring plans for annexation, trying to turn infiltrators from Gaza into bargaining chips and other right-wing, populist declarations, on Saturday night he made time for his war on left-wing activists.

In an unprecedented move, Bennett ordered the Israel Defense Forces to issue restraining orders – without a judge’s approval, signed by an army command chief – against left-wing activists who belong to the group Anarchists Against the Wall. This Israeli group was founded in 2003 in connection with Palestinian activity against the construction of the separation barrier, and in recent years, a minimal number of people have participated in its demonstrations. The decision targets........

© Haaretz