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Social and Economic Inequality in Israel

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When "a major problem" exists in one or more of these variables, "the society is in danger of a potential crisis." Moreover, when their root causes aren't addressed, it's "on an unsustainable long run trajectory." Compared with other Western countries, Israeli income inequality and poverty "are among the highest...." A growing crisis exists from failure to deal with them.

In May 2011, the Adva Center discussed Israel's society and economy from 1948 to the present, saying:

"Israel is a classic case of a country whose macro-economic indicators are good but most of whose households are not invited to the end-of-year celebration," citing:

-- high poverty compared to other OECD countries;

-- high inequality;

-- low achievement performance in international school tests;

-- 75% of workers earning one-third or less than high-tech salaries (on average, about $20,400 annually);

-- eroding social benefits and safety net protections; and

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