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Mansour Abbas puts mark on Israeli development plan for Arab communities

The coalition Ra’am party is proud of the approval by the government of a five-year plan for the economic development of Israeli Arab towns and villages.
People sit in a garden in front of the Knesset, Jerusalem, Oct. 17, 2021.

After weeks of debate and ahead of the deadline for passing the state budget, the government passed Oct. 24 the economic development five-year plan for 2022-2026 to close gaps in the Arab society. The plan’s budget totals 30 billion Israeli shekels ($9.4 billion), and includes a series of moves to develop employment, technological innovation and hi-tech, health services, housing, and so on. In effect, it is a continuation of "Decision 922," passed by the Netanyahu government at the end of 2015, which will end this year.

Likewise, in light of the rising crime in the Arab community, the multiyear national plan to deal with crime and violence in the Arab community passed, with a budget of 2.5 billion shekels ($786,000). This plan was formulated at the Ministry for Public Security, and will allow the government to work to increase enforcement, dismantle criminal organizations, and support personal and communal security. 

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