Following meeting with police, Erdan tones down Umm al-Hiran terror charge

Minister Erdan initially claimed that the Umm al-Hiran incident was a terror act, but suddenly softened his position and said he would apologize if it is proven otherwise. This sudden shift may have been the result of a secret meeting with police chiefs.
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After initially claiming that the death of an Israeli police officer in the southern-Israeli Bedouin town of Umm al-Hiran last month was an act of terrorism, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan toned down his charge on Friday and promised to apologize if police were to prove otherwise. According to Channel 2 News, it was a secret meeting with the chiefs of police's Internal Investigations Department that led to the sudden shift in Erdan's position.

The officers met with Erdan on Monday and provided him with details from the probe into the Umm al-Hiran incident, including the mishandling of the incident by the officers on the scene. They also notified him that it may not be possible to reach unambiguous conclusions.

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