The NIS 100-million question
The celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state are ominously approaching. Cabinet Minister Ruhama Avraham Balila, who has been entrusted with the project, is missing no point on the globe in her efforts to inflate Israel's 60th Independence Day to the dimensions of an international, if not cosmic, event. The government has allocated NIS 100 million for the purpose. The Haaretz-Dialog poll asked a simple question: What should be done with the NIS 100 million? The answer was also simple: "Direct it to other needs." Seventy-nine percent of the respondents thought that there was no point in wasting money on the celebration. Of all the questions in the survey, this one elicited the broadest consensus. Invest in "other needs," said 66 percent of Kadima voters, 71 percent of Labor voters, 72 percent of Likud voters, 100 percent of Shas voters, 85 percent of Yisrael Beiteinu voters, and so on.