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December 15, 2014 11:38 am

Israeli Government Approves $47 Million Investment in Druze and Circassian Communities

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Druze youth scouts hold a parade at Jethro's grave, the Druze people's holy place. Photo: PikiWiki Israel.

JNS.org – The Israeli government on Sunday approved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to appropriate 185 million shekels ($47 million) in development funds for Druze and Circassian towns in Israel.

The decision sets in motion the first phase of a five-year plan that will see the investment of 2 billion shekels ($512 million) in Druze and Circassian communities nationwide. The resources allocated Sunday will go toward ongoing projects, while the allocation of the remainder of the funds will be finalized once a new government is sworn in following next March’s elections.

“This is a wide-ranging plan relating to infrastructure, employment, education, and other issues, and it will do two things,” Netanyahu said. “First, it will help bridge the gaps between this sector and the population at large. Second, it will demonstrate our appreciation for the unique role of Druze and Circassians play in our armed forces, who are our flesh and blood, who fight and fall in defense of our people. I think that this is one of the ways to express this gratitude.”

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  • Jasmine

    The Druze that are living in Israel are receiving better treatment than those living elsewhere. They have rights and enjoy their freedom. As a Lebanese Druze, I look forward to the day that my people could live such a dignified life under a civilized nation.

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