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January 1, 2016 10:01 am

Israel Approves Economic Development Plan for Minority Communities

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Members of the Druze community. A new  economic development plan in Israel will benefit the welfare of minority communities in the Jewish state, including Muslims, Christians, Bedouin, Druze, and Circassians. Photo: Israel Defense Forces.

Members of the Druze community. A new economic development plan in Israel will benefit the welfare of minority communities in the Jewish state, including Muslims, Christians, Bedouin, Druze, and Circassians. Photo: Israel Defense Forces.

JNS.org – The Israeli government on Wednesday approved a systematic and structural economic development plan that will benefit the welfare of minority communities in the Jewish state, including Muslims, Christians, Bedouin, Druze and Circassians.

“This is a significant addition designed to assist minority populations and reduce gaps. The plan will lead to the end of close-to-the-ground construction and a transition to high-rise construction as exists throughout the country,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.

“At the same time, the plan will strengthen law enforcement in the minority sector with emphasis on illegal construction,” Netanyahu added.

The plan aims to reduce societal gaps and spur economic development in sectors including education, public transportation, housing, law enforcement, and community services, for the purpose of improving employment rates, scholastic achievements, accessibility to public transportation, and increasing personal security.

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