The cabinet on Sunday decided to allocate an additional 30 civil service positions in 2011 to academics from the Ethiopian community in order to increase the community's representation in the civil service and create a generation of academic civil servants who will be able to integrate into senior management in the future.
“The great challenge of integrating members of the Ethiopian community into Israeli society also requires their integration into the civil service,” said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. “I am certain that members of the community who integrate into these positions will be role models for many and will create a generation of civil servants who will integrate into senior management in the future.
Some 120,000 Ethiopian immigrants live in Israel and constitute 1.53 percent of the total number of citizens. Of these, 4,500 have an academic education but only 782 members of the community are employed as civil servants, roughly 1.40% of the 61,000 state employees in Israel.