The Arab enclaves within Israel constitute a definite economic unit. Despite subservice to the national economy they exhibit a range of independent production and consumption modes that suggest potential economic developmental viability. The author considers the background of these enclaves and the extent of the independent Arab sector in the Israeli economy. Applying modern economic analysis, he develops his thesis of the future development of a distinctive Arab path of economic development in Israel. Agriculture, industry, commerce, financing and the position of Arab labour are all examined in depth both as independent entities and in their relationship to the larger Israeli economy.
Introduction: The Place of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel. 1. Prevalent Analyses of the Arab Economy in Israel 2. History, Policy, People and Society: The Determinants of the Arab Region 3. Agriculture: A Reserve for Regional Growth 4. Arab Labour in Israel: The Region Subservient 5. Arab Industry and Commerce in Israel: Workshop Economy and Entrepreneurship 6. Regional Growth Patterns and the Future of the Arab Economy in Israel