President Reuven Rivlin criticized the current state of minority rights in Israel, saying much of the laws passed have become what he calls lip service..
"Arab Israelis are graduating from university, but not being hired," the president said. "The only remedy for violence is hope."
President Reuven Rivlin was speaking Sunday at Globes' Israel Business Conference, where he touched on a number of hot-button topics, including what he said is an increasing lack of trust in the political system among Israelis.
"We will have a crisis after elections. Enough with [the debate between] 'security or economy.' Both are necessary."
He also called for an overhaul in the Israeli economy, especially in regards to the food industry. "The business sector is not the enemy of the state but there is a need for significant reforms."
"The public realizes that the market needs work, but they don't realize how much work it really needs."
Switching topics, Rivlin ended the session on a lighter note by laughing off his lack of tech-savviness.
"The digital president? I don't even know how to send a text message without one of my aides whispering in my ear what to do."