In response to the pervasive belief in both Arab and Jewish society that Arab Members of Knesset (MKs) only focus on issues related to the Israel-Palestine conflict, as opposed to issues concerning Arab citizens or Israeli society generally, The Abraham Initiatives ran a study in March 2021 to analyze the parliamentary work of Arab MKs.
The study, conducted by NAS Research & Consulting, examined 1,914 bills and 344 motions for the agenda initiated by all 22 Arab MKs over the course of two Knesset sessions: the 23rd Knesset (2020) and the summer session of the 20th Knesset (2018).
Among the preliminary findings:
- 97% of motions for the agenda initiated by Arab MKs dealt with social and welfare issues, such as education, transportation, social security, etc. Of these, 62% aimed to progress Israeli society as a whole, and 35% aimed to respond to the needs of Arab citizens.
- 84% of the bills initiated by Arab MKs dealt with social and welfare issues. Of these, 58% dealt with Israeli society as a whole, and 26% dealt with Arab society.
- 93% of the bills signed by Arab MKs as supporting initiators dealt with social and welfare issues. Of these, 72.5% dealt with Israeli society as a whole, and 20.5% dealt with Arab society.