How To Divert Attention From Poverty In Israel: Build More Settlements

How do you divert attention from bad economic indicators? You announce the building of more settlements. This seems to be Netanyahu’s strategy for the period leading up to the upcoming Israeli elections.

The numbers really do not look good.

According to Israel’s 2012 Social Resilience Index:

“Only one in four Israelis feels the country is providing a bright future for their children; and one in three reports that their household income allows just a minimal standard of living”.

The report goes on to say:

“The economical capabilities index indicated a drop in the quality of life, with 57% stating that their household income allows only a minimal standard of living, a rise in 13% compared to the results noted in 2011.”

Note the 13% rise from last year.

It gets worst.

According to a new report  by the Israel National Council for Children, Israel is number one when it comes to child poverty rates in the OECD.

905,000 Israeli children (35%) live in poverty.

Netanyahu did not invent poverty, however the situation under his government has not improved, to say the least. In fact according to the 2012 Social Resilience Index the situation has been getting worse under his administration. Meanwhile the publication of the child poverty report before the elections about rising poverty rates among children is also another negative development for him.

Although there are some positive reports about Israel’s growing economy, the recent reports show that the benefits of the economy are not trickling down to the public.

In my opinion, this is one of the reasons why Netanyahu will continue to keep the settlements issue in the headlines, for as long as possible, even if it means falling out with the EU or the US. The more settlement expansions are discussed and the more news they generate, the less attention will be paid to the worsening economic situation in Israel.

So dear fellow Israeli compatriots: expect more settlements and more poverty because under Netanyahu, we have been getting more of both.

3 thoughts on “How To Divert Attention From Poverty In Israel: Build More Settlements

  1. Hi. I just discovered you on Twitter and now your blog. That said..Israelis are too easily swayed in addition to being very forgetful. They’ve been programmed to accept “national security” and prowess over a more urgent push for social change. Food, housing and overall standard of living going up, and very little gets done to make it any better. Israelis are more preoccupied about migrating to the States..or even Europe. The smartest and brightest have very little incentive to stay, the wealthy does everything possible to keep the wealth amongst themselves, education system is a disgrace and the government continues to pander to extremist zealots who in my opinion WILL be cause of Israel’s demise (G_d forbid!).

    Amazing how Jews have it together while living in Hutz L’Aretz….but in our own country it’s dysfunction after dysfunction.

  2. Well, with the cost of living aylaws rising and wages pretty much not, it becomes over the course of time very difficult to live off $1.50 a day, given for example the fact that in London, Ontario, and other major Canadian cities, an adult cash fare bus ticket is $2.75 cents one way. Also staples for a healthy diet namely fruit and vegetables and other expenses such as gas, hydro, coffee, clothing and basically almost everything else have recently been reported in the news as having increased quite dramatically and over a short time in their price . BUT it is possible to recycle coffee grounds and of course, we cannot forget the advice we received a number of years back to tighten our belts and to not complain about but to rather eat the dinted cans of tuna and be happy to have these things. I suppose we are pretty much in the lap of luxury though compared to those people who must walk for miles just for putrid water, so I guess poverty and hardship are all a matter of our perspective and what we are used to or what we consider acceptable standards of living ourselves and others on this planet we must all share.This is an acceptable and rational answer, but damn it, why is everything getting so darn expensive!?!!!!

  3. Hi! I understand this is kind of off-topic hoewevr I had to ask. Does operating a well-established website such as yours take a large amount of work? I am brand new to running a blog hoewevr I do write in my journal on a daily basis. I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my experience and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners. Appreciate it!

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