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Touring Gaza border, Herzog says Israel’s enemies rejoice over country’s internal divides

President Isaac Herzog meets with Israeli troops while touring the Gaza border in southern Israel on September 5, 2021. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
President Isaac Herzog meets with Israeli troops while touring the Gaza border in southern Israel on September 5, 2021. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Visiting the Gaza border area, President Isaac Herzog addresses the controversy over the killing of Barel Hadaria Shmueli, a border guard fatally shot by a Palestinian gunman during a riot along the southern frontier last month.

“Barel fell as a hero. Let us not have internal disputes… the enemies beyond our fence will rejoice,” Herzog says in a meeting military commanders and troops.

Herzog was accompanied on the visit by IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi, who earlier today may with Shmueli’s family, which has been highly critical of the military and government.

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