The extension of the state budget law saves Netanyahu from a fourth election and leads the Palestinian Arab community in Israel into an economic crisis
The analysis of the state budget that the Mossawa Center studies annually indicates the scarcity of budget allocated to the Arab community under most of the budget conditions, which have been transferred since the beginning of the year (about 10 transfers approved by the Knesset), and paints a sharp and clear picture of the systematic discrimination of 21% of the country's citizens.
The recent analysis of the budget by Mossawa showed that the social and economic conditions will deepen the crisis.
Coordinator of Parliamentary and Legal Advocacy at the Mossawa Center, Alya Zoabi: "Extending the deadline granted to the government to prepare the budget by 120 additional days will lead to a reduction in government services that were approved by previous government decisions.".
She added, "More than 50% of the Arab population today live below the poverty line and 25% of them live close to it. We must all be aware of the danger of continuing to postpone approval of the state budget, as dozens of vital and important plans and reforms for our society that have been prepared by government ministries will not come into effect: The health situation in general and in hospitals in particular, the deterioration of the education system, the lack of social care funds, the shortage of disability and retirement pensions, the increase in poverty, the decrease in the budgets of industry and employment, all of which will lead to an increase in the unemployment rate and the spread of the phenomenon of violence.".
An additional 120 days of the collapse of Arab small and medium enterprises will lead to borrowing from the black market, and consequently, to an increase in the rate of crime and cases of murder and suicide.
An additional 120 days comes at the cost of the Arab student sits without a computer that connects him/er to the Internet to keep up with his/er education, and the social worker who is rebuked during his/er work pays for the lack of a budget designated to provide protection for his/er, and the Arab contractor whom the state will not need his/er services simply due to a lack of budget.
It is worth noting that, since 1999, we at Mossawa have been following the issue of economic development and government budgets allocated to our Arab community and advocating for stability and equality.