Shireen Abu Akleh: Israel condemns FBI probe into killing
16 November 2022 | 3:53 pm
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the US inquiry was a "mistake" and that Israel would not cooperate with an "external investigation."
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Israelis have been protesting a judicial overhaul planned by the country's ultranationalist government. The gap between supporters and opponents of the controversial reform is widening.
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