U.S. Jews need to decide if they are tourists in Israel, or extended family
The conference of Jewish Presidents has urged Yair Lapid to rethink plans to charge tourists VAT. If the U.S. Jewish connection to Israel is merely linked to how cheap it is for tourists, however, then we are in serious trouble.
Israelis, understandably, are being consumed by the budget negotiations that are currently taking place. The global economic slowdown has finally hit and like every other country Israel is facing tough decisions about what to cut from the budget to handle the deficit.