Normally the Shin Bet is ordered secretly. Why were the instructions given in public? The PM wants to brand the Israeli Arabs efforts for equal rights as subversive. The PM understands that the legitimitate efforts by the Israeli Arabs for equal rights, employement opportunities, education, same rights to property anywhere within Israel, etc. is a threat to the status quo: a) if demands rejected, it would expose that Israel is not a state for all its citizens, in other words not a true democracy (thereby confirming what Jimmy Carter already said). b) if accepted, it would change the Jewish Character of the state Even if the Israeli Arab democratic actions are entirely legal, the fact that Shin Bet is combating them will have them falsely perceived as an enemy within and that's where the PM is heading at: avoiding the choice (see above) by publicly demonizing the Israeli Arabs in order to shut them up. The PM is playing foul to both, Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews!
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from the article: PMO to Balad: We will thwart anti-Israel activity even if legal