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Bennett: I expect PA not to obstruct probe into Palestinian journalist’s death

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on May 8, 2022. (Maya Alleruzzo/Pool/AFP)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on May 8, 2022. (Maya Alleruzzo/Pool/AFP)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett slams the Palestinian Authority for rebuffing Israeli calls to hold a joint investigation into the death of a prominent Al Jazeera journalist, who was killed amid a firefight between gunmen and Israeli troops during a raid in the West Bank city of Jenin.

“Unfortunately the Palestinian Authority at this stage is preventing any possibility of a joint investigation or even access to basic findings required to reach the truth,” he says.

“I reiterate my expectation for open, transparent and full cooperation on the findings and I also expect from the Palestinian Authority not to take any step to obstruct the investigation or contaminate the process,” the premier adds.

He also vows Israel will continue carrying out counterterror raids, noting the recent wave of attacks in which 19 people were killed.

Bennett makes the remarks during a meeting with senior officials on forming a civil national guard.

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