MembersGovernment Boosts Arab Hi-Tech Sector

Almost three years ago, an enormous budget of 15 billion shekels ($4.2 billion) was earmarked for the development of the Arab sector.

By Michael Selutin |
Photo: Photo Nati Shohat / Flash90

Of this, a third has already been spent, mainly on infrastructure programs in Arab towns.

Now, the Cabinet has decided to invest 20 million shekels ($5.6 million) in a hi-tech program for Arab citizens. Among other things, new office space will be provided and the Ministry of Transportation will improve the roads in industrial areas. “Our plan is to create conditions that will lead to thousands of new jobs,” read a Cabinet statement. “These will emerge in the areas of development, software and services, and narrow the gap between supply and demand in the Arab sector.”

The development of Arab society has already been significantly impacted by the program. Access to higher education among Israeli Arabs has risen by 6.3 percent...

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