The Finance Ministry is considering establishing Israel's first Arab university, in the northern town of Sakhnin.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri visited Sakhnin last week and held meetings with 30 heads of Arab local authorities about moving ahead with plans to facilitate the further integration of Israeli Arabs into the job market, as well as building the requisite social and educational infrastructure. Finance Ministry Budget Wing head Amir Levy also participated in the talks.
In 2013, some 300,000 students were enrolled in Israel's higher education institutions, 11 percent of whom were Israeli Arabs.
The local leaders discussed the main challenges facing their sector and the resources necessary to make a significant change. Lapid and Peri told them that they and their offices were planning policies that would encourage excellence in the Arab sector, local leadership and business initiatives for Arab women.
"This is our second meeting. It is part of a long process the Finance Ministry has begun. Our role as a government and finance ministry is to care for all of Israel's citizens. We came to work and get into the problems you have presented," Lapid said.
"Don't be satisfied with wanting to be equal -- desire to be better and desire for your children to be better."