Closing the gap

Last week, the Israeli government approved a ground-breaking, five-year economic development plan for the Arab sector, aimed at tackling major gaps between Jews and Arabs in the Israeli society.

This comprehensive plan calls for allocations of NIS 10-15 billion for the development of Arab communities, ensuring that Arab citizens will be budgeted for according to their 20% share in society, and often even with preferential resource allocation.

The Inter-Agency Task Force has produced a briefing paper on this issue: “Historic Economic Development Plan for Arab Sector: Overview and Key Allocation Areas”. Whilst it is written for an American audience it makes for interesting reading.

LDFI fully supports the allocation of this significant funding and initiative. Sadly such initiatives rarely grab headlines or prompt Parliamentary questions or debates.

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