Ben Gvir says cop conduct toward protesters reasonable — report

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir has reportedly told associates that he is pleased with police conduct over Tuesday, claiming that cops did not use excessive force but just the right amount.

“I didn’t see any police violence, but the use of reasonable force against lawbreakers who attacked police, broke the law, blocked and prevented emergency vehicles and ambulances from getting to hospitals,” Channel 12 news quotes Ben Gvir, who oversees the police.

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir speaks during a press conference at the Knesset on July 5, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

He adds that while he was mostly happy, “there are areas for improvement,” seemingly referring to outgoing police chief Ami Eshed’s role in managing police deployments.

Ben Gvir has sought to remove Eshed for what he sees as a too-light hand against protesters.

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