Trying to strike that balance, the Israeli Army has sent reinforcements to the West Bank and to the boundary between Israel and Gaza, and the Israeli Police has diverted its attention almost exclusively to counterterrorism.
Mr. Bennett has also called on Israeli civilians to carry licensed firearms, a move that alarmed many Arab citizens of Israel, said Bashaer Fahoum-Jayoussi, co-chairwoman of the board of the Abraham Initiatives, a nongovernmental group that promotes equality between Arabs and Jews.
“This is crazy,” she said. “This is calling for the militarization of the citizens,” and risks compounding the “hate speech that’s been rising in the past week and a half against the Arab community within Israel” with vigilantism.
Attempting to calm tensions, Mr. Bennett has praised his Arab coalition partner, the Raam party leader Mansour Abbas, describing him as a brave and important member of the government. The government continues to allow tens of thousands of Palestinians to enter Israel from the West Bank and Gaza every day. And there has been no change to a plan to allow retirees from the West Bank to enter Jerusalem during the holy month of Ramadan, which starts this weekend.
Mr. Bennett’s office declined to comment for this article.
But one of his closest allies, Micah Goodman, the philosopher who popularized the idea of “shrinking the conflict,” said it was too early to judge the success of the government’s approach in either the West Bank or in Israel itself.
The two main pillars of his idea — “gradual liberation of the Palestinians in the West Bank and gradual integration of the Palestinians within Israel” — will take years, not months, to achieve, he said.