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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with leader of the Druze community in Israel, Sheikh Mowafaq Tarif at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on July 27, 2018.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened for the first time on Monday the new Ministerial Committee for the Druze Community, the Circassian Community, and Minority Soldiers of the Security Forces, established a day earlier at the government cabinet meeting.

“I was pleased to take part today in this important ministerial committee led by the Prime Minister to equalize all security forces of various communities on issues such as housing, employment, and completing outline plans for communities,” said Deputy Defense Minister and MK Eli Ben Dahan in a tweet after the meeting.

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“I believe the committee’s work will remove the cloud someone tried to paint around the Nationality Law and will make clear to minority members in security service how much the State of Israel regards them as equals among equals,” Dahan added.

Ministers were asked to present for next week the activities in their ministerial areas that would be relevant to the committee populations, including employment, housing, social services and support, and military benefits, among other issues.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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