Lebanese army soldiers inspect what they say are destroyed parts of an Israeli spying device planted in Adloun village, south Lebanon, on Friday Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Dozens of reserve soldiers from Israel's top electronic surveillance unit say they will no longer spy on Palestinians living under occupation, in an unprecedented rebuke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security policies.A protest letter signed by 43 veterans of Unit 8200, sent to Netanyahu and armed forces chiefs Friday, was dismissed by the military as a publicity stunt by a small fringe.By decrying the sweep of eavesdropping on Palestinians, the soldiers opened a window on clandestine practices that usually go unreported.Yedioth said the letter was unrelated to Israel's recent war in Gaza, in which around 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, died.Amos Yadlin, a former chief of Israeli military intelligence under Netanyahu, played down the letter, saying 43 reservists were a "fringe percentage" of those available to Unit 8200 .
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