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Israeli Politician Says There’s 'No Such Thing' as Palestinian People

Bezalel Smotrich

Bezalel Smotrich

Photographer: Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP/Getty Images

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A firebrand Israeli minister claimed there’s “no such thing” as a Palestinian people as Israel's new coalition government, its most hard-line ever, plowed ahead on Monday with a part of its plan to overhaul the judiciary.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition said it was pushing a key part of the overhaul — which would give the coalition control over who becomes a justice or a judge — before the parliament takes a monthlong holiday break next week.