Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool photo via AP)
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Israel is considering giving its security forces a freer hand to shoot at young Palestinian stone-throwers, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Wednesday.Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been frozen since 2014 and while violence in the West Bank and east Jerusalem has not approached the levels of past Palestinian uprisings, there has been a surge of Palestinian stone-throwing, long a symbol of resistance to Israeli occupation.While tougher action against Palestinian stone-throwers would likely draw international concern, Netanyahu's government and the military have been facing calls from Israeli settler leaders in the West Bank for a security crackdown.The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem lists 12 Palestinian minors who were shot and killed by Israeli forces during protests and clashes in the West Bank in 2014 .
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