The Attitude of the Government to the Arab Minority in Israel: A Study of Government Fiscal Allotments to Local Authorities

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This research examines government fiscal allotments made to Jewish local authorities in comparison to its fiscal allotments to Arab local authorities during the period 1994 – 2000. The objective of this comparison is to assess the Israeli Government’s attitude to Israeli Arabs from an economic standpoint, and the affect this attitude has on the behavior of the Israeli Arab sector. Data for this research was taken from publications issued by the Central Bureau of Statistics. This research is of particular importance because in Israel funding for many different areas of activity (education, social welfare, development, etc.) are channeled through local authorities. The first stage of this research compares the average fiscal allotments made by the Government to the Jewish local authorities with the average fiscal allotments made to the Arab local authorities. (The Druze local authorities were reviewed separately from the Arab local authorities; mixed local authorities were excluded from the database.) Findings indicate that the Arab local authorities received greater support, while the trend over this period seems to be towards increasing the disparity in favor of the Arabs over the Jews. These findings can be seen as part of the process of Israel’s shift from a policy of control to a policy of compromise. In the second stage, two additional factors were taken into account: (1) Size can be advantageous in the operation of local authorities. Consequently, it was anticipated that the amount of fiscal support per person in the smaller local authorities would be greater; (2) Fiscal allotments to local authorities that are weaker in socio-economic terms should be greater. Consequently, the data was analyzed according to population size, nationality and socio-economic class. Results of this analysis show that Jewish local authorities received more than their Arab counterparts, although the gap has continually decreased over the years


Keywords: Local authorities, Fiscal discrimination, Arab sector, Government budget
Stream: Ethnicity, Difference, Identity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Tal Shahor

Lecturer, Economics, The Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel
Mosav Yaad, Israel, Israel


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