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Could Israeli Police Use Snipers against Rock-Throwers?


Netanyahu seeks Attorney General’s approval to change police open-fire orders, allow use of snipers to pick off violent rioters.

As part of his declared “war” on rock-throwing terrorists in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is reportedly seeking permission from the Attorney General to deploy snipers to target the attackers.

According to Haaretz, during a meeting with top government and security officials over the deadly violence, which claimed the life of an Israeli motorist on Sunday, Netanyahu highlighted a significant difference between IDF and police open-fire regulations.

The army regularly deploys sniper teams to tackle rock- and firebomb-throwing rioters in Judea and Samaria – regulations allow soldiers to use relatively low-caliber Ruger .22 rifles with telescopic sights to pick off rioters who pose a particularly serious threat to life.

In contrast, police are not able to do so under their own current rules of engagement, and are only allowed to respond to rioters with non-lethal riot-control measures, such as rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and teargas.

In an effort to quell the on-off violence that has wracked the capital, Netanyahu is seeking to change that. However, the PM stressed to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein that he is seeking his OK for an internal police review of rules of engagement, rather than enacting sweeping legislative measures.


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