The government on Sunday authorized a new program to improve the absorption of Ethiopian immigrants in Israeli society. The program will include integrating Ethiopian immigrants in neighborhoods where veteran Israelis live, providing mortgages to families of up to NIS 500,000 by 2016. The program will also include training programs specifically designed to enhance the immigrants' skills, so they can more easily enter the work force.
MK Shlomo Molla (Kadima), the son of Ethiopian immigrants, said that there was “nothing new” in the government's plan, and that it would not solve the problems of Ethiopian immigrants. “This decision will simply gather dust on the Prime Minister's shelf,” Mula said in an interview. “It's only purpose is public relations, and unfortunately there is nothing in it for the young people who have been protesting nearly daily for the past three months over a lack of opportunity and discrimination.”