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Israel’s outgoing army chief rebukes far-right government

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By ISABEL DEBRE
Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s outgoing army chief has warned against plans by Benjamin Netanyahu’s new coalition to grant more control to pro-settler lawmakers and make other changes to the Israeli security establishment. Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi’s rare criticism on Friday adds to the growing alarm over the most right-wing government in Israel’s history. His remarks came in several interviews with Israeli news outlets just days before he steps down. Kochavi took aim at Netanyahu’s coalition agreements with hard-line Jewish settler activists who seek to entrench Israeli rule in the West Bank, restructure the Defense Ministry and control a special paramilitary police unit.

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