Excerpted recordings of Public Security Minister Amir Ohana pressing Jerusalem District police commander Doron Yedid to toughen measures against Jerusalem protesters prompted a public outcry this week. President Reuven Rivlin weighed in on the matter, stressing that the right to protest is a treasured value in Israel's democratic culture that must not be harmed. 

Yohanan Plesner, President of the Israel Democracy Institute, told KAN's Naomi Segal that the recorded remarks point to inappropriate interference by the minister in the law enforcement activities of police, and raise concern that a senior police commander was improperly using the powers given to him to serve political directives and needs.