Is Israel Over?

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    This is no longer Israel. A profound, internal, existential crisis has arrived. It stems in part from the changing nature of the country, more right wing, more restrictive, far less liberal, and far less egalitarian. Many moderate Israelis fear the country is heading for ruin. Indeed, the country’s ruling class, including Benjamin Netanyahu and his predecessors Ehud Olmert (now on trial for corruption) and Ehud Barak (a former head of the Labor Party and current defense minister), live in opulence, and the feeling is that they are out of touch with reality. In Tel Aviv, where some 350,000 gathered in protest, a widespread chant, set to a popular children’s ditty, was “Bibi has three apartments, which is why we have none.”

    Tent cities popped up as the demonstrators—20- to 45-year-olds, with a healthy contingent of older people—rallied against nonprogressive taxation, low wages, and the high cost of housing and consumer goods, which have made it nigh impossible for families to make ends meet. A full 20 percent of Israelis (and 15 percent of Israeli Jews) live under the poverty line, and the top decile of Israel’s population earns 31 percent of the country’s total net income. The lowest decile earns a mere 1.6 percent. Last year Israel was elected to membership in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a group of the world’s 32 most-developed countries. Among them, Israel ranks as one of the worst (alongside Mexico and the United States) in terms of wealth polarization.

    Israel suffers from a steady brain drain, with tens of thousands of university graduates and wannabe academics moving abroad for lack of adequate positions or pay. Berlin has a community of more than 10,000 young Israelis, many of them working in the arts, who found creativity in Israel impossible. In a recent interview, one film director said that in Israel her energies were spent on making commercials and fashion trivia in order to subsist; Berlin enabled her to pursue her passion. In Tel Aviv, kindergartens charge $700 to $1,000 per child per month; in Berlin, the cost is $120; a kilo of cucumbers costs $1 in Tel Aviv, half that in Berlin.

    First Report: Is Israel Over? - The Daily Beast
     
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    CNBC: Israel, Business Leader And Innovator Israeli Industry - CNBC
     
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    You sourced discredited Newsweek magazine, which was sold for just $1 or else face closing down.

    Good one, Tinhead. No reputational points for you :lol:
     
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    Discredited indeed.
     
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    Israel suffers from a steady brain drain, with tens of thousands of university graduates and wannabe academics moving abroad for lack of adequate positions or pay.
     
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    LMAO! Really Tinmore? those protestors in Israel were protesting over the high cost of living, they are not asking for the state to be abolished and to be joined with a Palestinian state so you can wake up now.:lol:
     
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    Tens of thousands of Palestinians also look for work abroad so whats your point? in fact I think more Palestinians leave than Israelis.
     
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    It's over for Newsweek, which was sold for $1. :lol:

    Intel Builds Largest Manufacturing Plant Outside Of US In Israel to Manufacture Most Advanced Microprocessors in the World
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    The Benny Morris who wrote that Palestinians should be in cages?

    Very credible source, Tinhead. :clap2:
     
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    Israel will not be defeated. It will fall apart. (with the help of the world's civil society)
     

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