Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has signed a decree on holding the first since 1967, municipal elections in the Druze villages on the Golan heights. Elections will be held October 30, 2018 in parallel with municipal elections across the country.
Until now, the administration of the four Druze villages in the Golan heights (Masada, Bukata, Majdal Shams, and Ein Kenia) were appointed by the MIA for reasons of security, and in connection with the refusal of the villagers to recognize Israel and accept Israeli citizenship.
Against the backdrop of civil war in Syria, the number of Druze, who succeeded to the Syrian passport in Israel has grown substantially. Parallel to the intensified movement for the holding of democratic municipal elections.
The decision to hold elections was made about a year ago, which caused the anger of the opponents of normalization. In particular in July 2017 the complex of the tomb of the Druze prophet, Jaafari held a meeting of elders and spiritual leaders of the Druze of the Golan heights, which had imposed a categorical ban on the participation of residents of the four Druze villages in the Golan in municipal elections. Declared that violators of the ban faces public and religious boycott.
In the Syrian province of Quneitra ordered the Golan heights Druze not to participate in municipal elections in Israel, but the Syrian government asked the UN with the complaint against the decision on the holding of elections.