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Police minister lied in TV interview ahead of arrest raid, spokesman confirms

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Public Security Minister Omer Barlev intentionally misled the Israeli public on Saturday night about the ongoing manhunt to find two Palestinian fugitives who were arrested hours later, saying in a television interview that one of them was likely located inside Israel when he knew that the suspect was in fact hiding in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Barlev’s spokesperson confirmed to The Times of Israel that the minister had deliberately lied in his Channel 12 interview.

“It was a deception,” the spokesman said.

In the interview, Barlev was asked to give an update on the then-ongoing manhunt to find the remaining two Palestinian security prisoners out of a group of six who broke out of Gilboa Prison earlier this month. The other four were found and arrested last weekend.

“We know that one of them is in Judea and Samaria,” he said, using the biblical term for the West Bank. “The other is apparently inside Israel.”

Barlev was not asked specifically about the location of the suspects and instead volunteered........

© The Times of Israel

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