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An Intelligence Problem Ignored for Decades

Israeli security forces had neglected intelligence-gathering in the country's Arab cities, causing the problem to erupt last year during the Gaza operation

Amos Harel
Amos Harel
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Amos Harel
Amos Harel

The State Comptroller’s report on the security forces’ handling of the rioting in mixed Arab-Jewish cities during the Gaza operation in May 2021 shines a light on a gray area that has not been given proper attention for many years now. Neither the Shin Bet security service nor the Israel Police gathered and analyzed intelligence assessing the risk of rioting due to Israeli-Palestinian tensions. The security establishment fell short, in particular in intelligence-gathering in the country’s Arab minority, especially where criminal and nationalistic motives often overlap.

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