Palestinian labor flows in Israel: Missed opportunities and possible ways forward
On May 12, 2011, Professor Zvi Eckstein, then deputy governor of the Bank of Israel, authored the report of a committee charged with looking into the issue of Palestinian labor in Israel. The committee, which Prof. Eckstein chaired, was appointed by the government and included representatives from relevant government ministries. After a year and a half, the committee concluded that Palestinian labor in Israel benefits all parties. The direct benefits include Palestinian workers’ access to livelihood, the significant injection of income into the Palestinian economy and Israeli employers having access to relatively inexpensive labor. The committee found that employing Palestinians inside Israel carries residual benefits for Israel in terms of security and diplomacy and that it is preferable to employing migrant workers.