zaterdag, mei 05, 2007
Is 18 a magical number?
Eighteen Families Own Israel
Concentration of wealth in Israel has increased, announced a study published by Business Data Israel in February. According to the study, just eighteen families earn one-third of Israel’s commercial revenues, totaling approximately 44 billion dollars. This revenue counts for 32 percent of income within the State of Israel, but does not reflect the families’ inherited wealth, savings or any income from investments outside the country. The families’ earnings increased four percent from the previous year.
The Labor party responded to the statistics, saying they were proof that former finance chairs and current Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu parceled off state-owned industries to cronies during their pushes for privatization. “It’s no coincidence that of the 18 families, at least seven are considered Olmert’s close friends,” the party said in a statement.
Meanwhile, one in four Israelis is below the poverty line, according to the National Insurance Institute’s January poverty report. It stated the number of poor Israelis since 2000 has increased by 600,000 to a total of 1.6 million people in 2005.
While many Israelis were disheartened by news of the country’s widening economic disparity, numerologists were tickled that the number eighteen continues to appear in Jewish life.
Tickled? Very funny (NOT).
It's like Israel is their private business....
What is this? Kafka's world or what?
Man, I get more and more disappointed from people all the time :-(
also these calculations don't take into account the haredim who insist on not working and the arabs, who together with haredim, have too many children .. although the arab birth rate apparently collapsed after netanyahu's reforms ...
as to the unequality i care less about it .. it's not that important .. for me at least
Lirun, I don't know. I have no confidence in any leader at the moment. Somebody who says a lot of interesting stuff from time to time I think is Ophir Pines - but I might also think that what he says is interesting because he's of Dutch descend LOL. And, anyway he will probably never be candidate.
i know that the unemployment rate is falling .. and people i know are all better off compared to 3 years ago ... though i admit it's for ages that i left shkhunat Katamon