Recognizing that the Arab sector, comprising 20% of Israel’s total population, benefits less than the Jewish population overall in terms of governmental spending, the Israeli cabinet allocates funds to upgrade specific infrastructure needs. Seemingly directed at Arab job creation and enhancement, the allocation of funds is aimed at improving local public transportation, educational opportunities, and housing. By comparison to additional spending directed at the Arab sector in 2014, this is a 14% annual targeted increase. The question for analysts, however, remains – is it possible for Israeli Arab citizens to have equal benefits in a Jewish state? And yet, if Israel is an apartheid state, no effort at all would be made, even belatedly, by the Jewish majority to assist the Arab minority in bettering its living standards and economic opportunites.
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