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This update aims to shed light on how recent events affect Arab society and Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. Looking at the dissolving government coalition, and as a result, the upcoming elections, this update explores the civil and national interests influencing Arab society’s future participation in Israel’s political life.
Listen to our new Task Force Short with Jack Khoury, one of Israels leading journalists and a commentator on Arab affairs, about the current issues in Jewish-Arab relations in Israel.
Rahat. Photo Credit: Lior Levin
On March 14, 2022, the Government of Israel passed GR-1297, a NIS 5.2 billion, five-year socio-economic-development plan for Bedouin society in the Negev. The budget for this plan was initially approved in November under Takadum, the comprehensive development package for Arab society in Israel. The actual plan, however, was finalized and approved subsequently.
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On November 4th, the Government of Israel approved Government Resolution 550—the second multibillion shekel, 5-year economic development plan for Arab society—as part of the first state budget passed in over three years. Given the name Takadum (‘progress’ in Arabic), GR-550 totals NIS 30 billion / USD 9.6 billion, more than double the size of its predecessor, GR-922.