Israel announced on Sunday that it would allow some 500 Palestinians to work in the country’s burgeoning high-tech sector.
The move, led by the ministries of regional cooperation, economy, defense, among others, comes as the industry faces a continuing shortage of workers, given security and economic considerations.
According to the announcement, some 200 Palestinians will receive permits in 2022, 200 more will receive permits in 2023 and another 100 will receive permits the following year.
The move aims both to consolidate the country’s high-tech sector and to serve as a goodwill gesture aimed at strengthening the fragile calm between Israel and the Palestinians after the latest conflict in the Gaza Strip in May.
It also aims to provide employment for at least a fraction of the 3,000 Palestinian students in technology fields who graduate from Palestinian universities each year, at least 75% of whom remain unemployed due to the severe shortage of vacancies in the West Bank and the United States. Gaza. Undress.
Meanwhile, the government also announced that it would increase the number of Palestinians allowed to enter the country to work in services and industry, effectively bringing the number of blue-collar employment permits to around 12,150.
“Israelis and Palestinians live in a common geographical area, and we must strengthen cooperation and interaction between citizens and economies,” said Minister of Regional Cooperation Issawi Frej.
“We hope that this decision will increase the output of higher education in the Palestinian Authority, strengthen its high-tech sector and act as an important engine of growth to strengthen the Palestinian economy. “