Security agencies said to warn against budget cuts to Arab community as could increase risk of violence

The Shin Bet and National Security Council have warned against the government making budget cuts to the Arab community as it could “intensify the risks of an outbreak of violence,” the Kan public broadcaster reports.

The report says two security agencies stated their opinion, but does not say in what context.

“It is of great importance from a security angle to reduce the damage to the budgets of the multi-year plans for the Arab community and the plan for the Bedouin community,” the agencies reportedly said.

The agencies say any cuts should be done with an eye to avoiding damage to key areas such as education, employment, welfare and social security.

According to Kan, the security officials also say that any cuts should be made only after talks with the local Arab officials.

Arab communities have also suffered from years of neglect by state authorities.

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