Minorities in Israel
Minorities in Israel
Israel is both a Jewish and democratic state, and as such, must act to make sure all its citizens enjoy equal rights under the law. Israel’s minorities include the Arab population (both Christian and Muslim), Bedouins (with their unique set of challenges), Druze, and Circassians. Each population must be listened to and helped individually.
Israel’s success as a nation, both financially and socially, goes hand in hand with the prosperity of its non-Jewish population. It relies heavily on the government’s ability to offer every citizen full rights and opportunities.
In Israel, non-Jewish minorities represent roughly 20% of the country's citizenry. The potential of this population is immense, but has yet to be properly tended to. Often, they do not receive the funds and resources they deserve. There is a considerable gap in social welfare, political participation, financial security, and infrastructure; when compared to the Jewish population. This divide requires immediate government attention.
Israel’s government must view bringing prosperity and equality to its minorities as a first order of business. For this reason, Yesh Atid fought and succeeded to prevent the “Nation State Law” (Chok Haleom), as offered by Likud MK Zev Elkin, from being passed into law.
We will act to close the gap between Israel’s Jewish and non-Jewish population, and bring true equal rights to all its citizens. We will present long term strategic initiatives to bring every population into the fold. These initiatives will focus on strengthening strategic infrastructure projects, reallocating resources equally, and proposals for an ongoing solution to more immediate issues.
The Druze and Circassian population
In every field, the Druze and Circassian population is an inseparable part of Israeli society. Even in the realm of military service, these populations have a higher percentage of volunteers than anyone else.
Sadly, the State's treatment of these groups does not properly reflect their contributions to society. The state of Israel must work to offer the Druze and Circassian populations greater opportunities.
Yesh Atid will work to create and execute a long term, wide range plan to solve all of these strategic problems. We will offer solution in the fields of: city planning, building permits and residency, employment, borders of jurisdiction, connection to the water and electricity network, sewage infrastructure, creating industrial parks, integrating citizens in the civil service, improving public transportation lines, tourism, and placing a focus on their unique cultural traditions.
The Bedouin Population
Israel’s Bedouin population is living in unacceptable conditions. Infrastructure is little to none, education is massively underfunded, and medical rights are often never properly released. Moreover, there is also a deep rooted and long lived dispute over land rights.
Yesh Atid believes the integration of the Bedouin population into Israeli society is in the best interests of all involved. As a result, we plan to continue integrating Bedouin youth into the IDF and other social service platforms. We will work to allow Bedouins full rights and access to services, in order to open up the vast economic and social potential they represent - in the development of the Negev, as well as the country at large.
A gradual set of solutions, reaching all walks of life, and including a massive investment by the state in the field of infrastructure, education, transportation, medicine and more; will bring about real change and a better future. Most importantly, it will strengthen the relationship between Bedouin society and the state of Israel.
Through open dialogue with social leaders and representatives in the Bedouin population, and with a common understanding of the need to find a resolution to these issues, we will work to find a solution that betters all of the sides involved and leads to the prosperity of the Bedouin people in Israel.
The Arab Population
There is a wide gap between the Arab population in Israel (both Christian and Muslim) and the rest of the country, on many fronts. From social-economic issues, through the poor state of local municipalities in terms of infrastructure and transportation, to the gaps in education and employment; there are a lot of problems that need solving.
We are painfully far from giving the Arab population in Israel the conditions and infrastructure it needs to fulfil its enormous potential.
To that end, we have developed a five year plan for integrating Israel’s Arabs into society. This plan offers strategic solutions on core issues, both on the municipal level and the government’s investments in this population.
As part of this plan:
We will upgrade public transportation lines to and from Arab centers of living. These lines are currently sorely lacking.
We will triple the deployment of public transportation including upgrading roads and infrastructure.
We will work to upgrade sewage and water lines, as well as housing and building permits.
We will work to build common sports and community centers;
We will strengthen social services by helping families in need, building homes for the elderly or ‘at risk’ teens, and shelters for ‘battered women’, training and hiring more social workers from within the Arab population, and reducing the municipality's need to ‘match’ such investments.
We will work to strengthen personal security, opening more police stations in Arab areas, and expanding the ‘City without Violence’ initiative (Ir Lelo Alimut), to more Arab cities.
We will work to build a platform of leisure and education, by massively expanding sports and social centers, day care, enrichment centers, entrepreneurship centers, education and learning, and the integration of the disabled.
We will work to build a tourism infrastructure for the Arab regions, including helping to bring small business and hotels up to code.
Yesh Atid will work to enlist boys and girls into the civil volunteering service (Sherut Leumi), as they reach the age of 18 - all in order to strengthen the bond between Israel’s Arab population and the rest of the country