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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.

On Monday (August 13) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened the second meeting of the Ministerial Committee on Druze, Circassian and Minority Community Members who serve in the Security Forces Affairs.

The committee was established last week by a decision taken in the weekly government cabinet meeting.


Among the issues discussed were the existing impediments to implementation of a Cabinet decision regarding the “2016-2019 Development Plan for Strengthening the Druze and Circassian Towns and Villages.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed the Prime Minister’s Office Director General to “meet with Druze and Circassian local council heads and with the director generals of the relevant ministries, and submit to the committee feasible steps to remove the impediments” especially regarding housing and employment, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office.

The Druze have allegedly been leading rallies opposing the recently-passed new Basic Law: Nation-State of the Jewish People, which enshrines in law the principals upon which the State of Israel was founded in the first place, claiming the new measure relegates non-Jews to second-class citizen status.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.