In addition, social safety net protections are weak. Unemployment insurance is one of the poorest among Western countries in terms of eligibility and what's provided. In 2010, only about 25% of unemployed Israel's qualified for benefits. Budget cuts also nearly eliminated professional training programs that once existed.
Moreover, in the past two decades, social services declined. Many, in fact, have been privatized to the detriment of recipients. As a result, complaints are common, especially for vital services no longer provided or only available privately at high cost, unaffordable for growing numbers, Jews as well as Arabs.
ACRI explained that "social, economic, and cultural rights are not recognized in (Israel's) constitution nor (its) Basic Laws, (unlike) some civil and political rights." Moreover, some "anchored in law" rights are only partly provided, including health care and education.
Like America, Israel prioritizes military and business spending. As a result, wealth and power interests are served at the expense of vital social services eroded or denied.
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