When it comes to Israel's middle class, numbers can lie
Yair Lapid set off a firestorm when he asserted that an income of NIS 20,000 a month was middle class. But a look at the numbers crunched on the Israeli economy tells us that statistics, in this case, don't tell the whole story.
Freshman Finance Minister Yair Lapid got himself into hot water over a recent Facebook post about a fictional teacher from Hadera by the name of Riki Cohen, whom he characterized as middle class. After his post appeared, Lapid was accused of being arrogant and out of touch for daring to characterize the Cohen household as middle-class when, in his example, the finance minister gave Cohen and her husband a monthly...
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