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