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Arab-Israelis split on Shin Bet's role in fighting surging violence

Arab-Israelis are divided over the government’s decision to bring in the IDF and the Shin Bet to help police control rising crime and violence in Arab towns.
Arab crime

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett convened the first meeting of the ministerial team for combating crime in Arab society on Oct. 3. This team, formed in response to an alarming rise in Arab-Israeli violence, adopted a working plan from Deputy Minister of Public Security Yoav Segalovitz, who will coordinate the inter-ministerial work for implementation.

Segalovitz's plan includes cooperation between the police, the Shin Bet, the IDF, the National Security Council, the Attorney General’s office, the tax authorities, and a whole slew of other official organizations and ministries. “Crime in the Arab society has reached a red line,” said Bennett at the start of the meeting. “What the Arab public must understand is that the security forces are not the enemy; they are the solution. As such, they [the Arab public] should not blame the government. They should work hand in hand with it.”

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