Israel's 100 most influential people this Jewish year / The lost generation
They play by the book, they wait tables to put themselves through college, yet for them, there's no light at the end of the tunnel.
"You don't really feel stability. You don't have anything. You finish your degree and you're hired as a freelancer for starvation pay of NIS 5,000 a month. You can't leave the center of the country, since in the periphery things are worse, and you rely on your parents - or on luck," says Liat Liron, who holds a bachelor's degree in communications.
Liron speaks for many like herself - the members of the lost generation. They play by the book, they wait tables to put themselves through college, yet for them, there's no light at the end of the tunnel. "I'm lucky, and I say that even though I'm self-employed. Many of my classmates are interns or still waiting tables. I never thought I'd finish my degree and still need to rely on my parents for support. When our parents were our age, they were already independent, yet our generation has no stability.
"Ultimately, the airport is very close and sometimes leaving the country looks like the only way out. But there's no other place for me - I've decided to give it my all to make this into a place worth living in."