When Two Salaries Aren't Enough

Poverty rate among double-income families surged in the last decade; why can't a family with two breadwinners make ends meet in Israel?

With a 6-room house in Elyakhin, a small rustic town south of Hadera, the Hamami family wouldn’t seem to be in a financial bind. But Yuval and Nira, both 44, are still struggling to pay off the heavy loans they took out when building the house on their combined four-figure monthly income.