From a turnout of 75 percent in the national election of 1999, the voting rate among Arabs had declined to 54.4 percent a decade later.
Muhammad Darawshe is the co-executive director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives.
In Arab society, the employment rates are much lower than those in Jewish society. Gaps in the investment in education and the lack of employment areas, public transportation and childcare day centers, are just a few of the factors that make it difficult for Arab citizens to fit into the work market.
The government needs a whole new approach to the question of equal representation for all Israeli citizens.
An Arab citizen who has strategic depth in the region is a more significant partner in the effort of building a shared Israeli society.