Netanayhu meets Druze council leaders
Netanayhu meets Druze council leadersKobi Gideon/GPO

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Ministers Yariv Levin and Ayoub Kara met Sunday with Druze council heads as part of the talks the prime minister held with members of the community in recent days following the passage of the Nationality Law.

Prime Minister Netanyahu refused to change the Nationality Law. “There are unceasing attempts to undo the definition of the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. We passed the nation-state law in order to ensure that Israel remains the nation-state of our people — this is the purpose of the state’s existence."

"The law does not detract from the individual rights of anyone. It is intended to make the necessary legal balance that the time has come to do to ensure the character of the State of Israel," he said.

The prime minister added: "You are describing genuine feelings and we must find a solution. I will continue [holding] consultations. We will establish a team led by staff head Yoav Horowitz and we will submit forthwith recommendations for actions that will strengthen the important ties between us."

Communications Minister Ayoub Kara wrote on Twitter following the meeting that he "welcomes the Prime Minister's decision, with the heads of the Druze authorities to establish a special team headed by Chief of Staff Yoav Horowitz to discuss and solve the sector's acute problems - employment, education, enforcement of illegal construction, Etc. The team is expected to present its conclusions within a few days and ensure rapid and optimal implementation."