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After outcry, Gantz says IDF troops won’t police anti-government protests

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Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday said he would stop soldiers boosting police amid the national lockdown from being deployed at protest areas, after footage of anti-government demonstrators clashing verbally with soldiers sparked outrage on social media.

The incident near the Knesset saw protestors shout abuse at soldiers manning a checkpoint, questioning why the military had been called in to deal with peaceful demonstrators.

“Positioning IDF soldiers close to protest centers is a mistake that has already been taken care of and will not be repeated,” Gantz said.

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The soldiers had not been called in as a military force, but rather as individual troops shoring up thinly-stretched police forces.

Meanwhile, top ministers called on the public to refrain from embroiling police and IDF troops enforcing the lockdown into the political debate about the unpopular move to limit demonstrations due to the pandemic.

The remarks came amid........

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