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Israeli minister gets 24/7 guard, accuses Jewish extremists

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Israeli Minister of Public Security says he is now under 24-hour protection after being threatened by Jewish extremists

JERUSALEM – Israel’s Minister of Public Security said on Monday that he was now under 24-hour protection after being threatened by Jewish extremists.

Barlev sparked an uproar earlier this month when he criticized a wave of violence by West Bank settlers against Palestinian civilians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Barlev, who oversees the national police force, said U.S. officials have raised concerns about settler violence and are committed to addressing the issue.

“I will continue to fight Palestinian terrorism as if there were no extremist settler violence – and extremist settler violence as if there was no Palestinian terrorism,” he told the era.

Right-wing politicians, including members of the coalition government, attacked Barlev, and Bennett downplayed the violence as the actions of a few “marginalized” people. Opposition politicians went further, saying his comments invited Palestinian violence.

In a Twitter post on Monday, Barlev said he was now under 24 hour protection. “I am threatened by Israeli Jews,” he wrote.

At a weekly meeting of his Labor Party, Barlev criticized fellow members of Bennett’s Yamina Party coalition for “making me the enemy of all settlers and someone who does not understand the security and terrorism of Palestinians against Israeli citizens ”.

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