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The Real Israeli-Arab Revolution

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Israeli news reports these past few months have focused on the political changes occurring among Israeli-Arabs (a/k/a Palestinian-Israelis): the RAAM party joining the new government, and most recently the refusal of several citizens from this sector to help the escaped terrorist convicts. However, the real revolution is happening far from the media’s eyes but right in Israeli society’s face.

In short, they have entered the field of Israeli health care in droves. So much in fact, that in a few areas, Israeli-Arabs now constitute more than half of all new health care licensees, although their proportion within the overall Israeli population is 20%. For anyone familiar with the first fifty years of Israeli society and economy, herewith some truly mind-boggling 2020 statistics regarding Israeli-Arab entry into high level health positions: 46% of all new licensed doctors; 57% of all entering pharmacists; 50% of all new nurses (many of them male); and 53% of all newly licensed dentists.

The interesting – and somewhat problematic – aspect of all this is that the vast majority are not trained in Israeli medical or other healthcare schools but rather overseas. Competition for the very limited space in such Israeli medical schools is extremely stiff (it’s probably easier to get into Harvard), a result of........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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