Mutual Benefits in Israeli Arab Inclusion

The Arab Higher Monitoring Committee has recently been taking action in Socio-Economic issues. The Reut Institute posits that an economic discourse enhances the inclusion of Arab-Israelis in Israeli society.

The Arab Higher Monitoring Committee has been working to implement the Socio-Economic aspects of the "The Future Vision of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel":

  • Leading a campaign for payment of local taxes (Arnona) - This move is meant to strengthen the Local Councils and prevent their being dispersed.

  • The establishment of an independent Arab Pedagogic Secretariat - this body is parallel to the Pedagogic Secretariat in the Ministry of Education.

Economic participation of the Arab citizens of Israel will be possible through a discourse that concentrates on socio-economic instead of identity.

The Reut Institute argues that a socio-economic discourse enhances the inclusion of the Arab citizens of Israel. The recent initiatives of the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee offer policy makers in Israel an opportunity to include the Arab Sector in the process of economic policy making. This discourse opens the chance for a "win-win" dynamic between the two parties.

On the other hand, a discourse that focuses on identity issues could impede the economic inclusion of the Arab-Israelis. It produces a "zero-sum" game dynamics. Therefore, failing to include the Arab Israelis in the process could strengthen the "identity" aspects of the vision, increase the tendency toward cultural autonomy and intensify alienation between the two sectors.

Sources

Stern, Haaretz, 12/7/2007

Nehemias, Ynet, 12/1/2007 (Hebrew Only)