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Bennett: Iran seeking to ‘sow polarization and division, undermine political stability’

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds a press conference at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, January 11, 2022. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds a press conference at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, January 11, 2022. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett hails the Shin Bet after the security agency announced the arrest of five Israeli citizens who allegedly helped an Iranian operative gather intelligence and make contacts in Israel.

“The State of Israel is in an ongoing campaign against Iran,” Bennett says in a statement, citing “unceasing” efforts by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to enlist Israelis as spies.

“These attempts are not only in the security and intelligence spheres but are also expanding to efforts to influence Israeli citizens and society, sow polarization and division, undermine political stability in Israel and harm the public’s trust in the government,” the premier adds.

He urges Israelis to be on the lookout for such efforts.

“It may be that those behind the information you consume and share on social media are Iranians,” he says.

Bennett also warns Iran, saying, “Let there be no doubt — the long arm of the security establishment will reach whoever tries to harm Israel’s security.”

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