"Israel is a unicorn powerhouse. Why aren't Israeli Arabs part of it?"
Imad Telhami, Founder and Chairman of Babcom Centers, believes equality in education and joint job centers are crucial in the effort to reach peace between Arabs and Jews
Babcom was founded in 2008 in northern Israel, together with Israeli industrialist Dov Lautman. Of its 3,200 employees, 60% are Arab-Israelis while 40% are Jews. According to Telhami, "the real partnership needs to manifest itself in the employment sector. Arab Israelis need to feel part of the Israeli economy."
Telhami is hoping for equality in education for both peoples, an employment market with joint job centers for Arabs and Jews, and equal opportunities in competing for jobs and senior positions. "A joint economy is the basis for peace. The country has missed out on this."
Telhami highlighted Israeli hi-tech as a sector that requires significant change. "Israel is a unicorn powerhouse. What part do Arab Israelis play in this? The Arab sector is filled with youngsters with brilliant minds and they are asking themselves why can't they be part of this. When there is frustration, matters will ultimately boil over."