Israeli minister defends police over alleged Pegasus spying

Omer Barlev denied claims that protesters’ phones had been hacked

Israel’s minister of public security has expressed his firm support for the country’s police force after allegations it used NSO Group’s controversial Pegasus software to spy on Israeli citizens.

In an interview with the Guardian on Wednesday, Omer Barlev, the cabinet minister with responsibility for policing, denied claims made this week by Hebrew-language financial daily Calculist that the phones of people who led protests against former premier Benjamin Netanyahu had been hacked into or surveilled by police.

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