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    • zionist forever
    • 14.03.14 | 18:43 (IST)

    Its only in the last 15 or so real reforms started with HOT coming along challenging Bezeq for the telephone monopoly. As Sharons finance minister Bibi was the one who brought in most the reforms that have happened so far but the monopolies which were created in the early years of state under the socialist governments and only now are we starting to realise the world has moved on and we need to embrace the free market. The Histadrut is another relic from the countries socialist past and it to must be smashed the way Thatcher smashed the British unions. The housing problem is one of our own making, most Jews want to live in the coast and in the centre and we have a growing population so there is a shortage of land, developers pull down little buildings and put up expensive new towers which are out the price range of the average Israeli. We need to move into the north and south not just demand government build social housing because as long as prices rise there will always be a shortage. When we start building out instead of up prices will drop nationwide although Tel Aviv will NEVER be affordable, it israel's New York or London. These are not reforms that happen overnight and so Bibi must be given time.

    from the article: Netanyahu needs to get off the fence if he wants economic reform
    First published 12:24 14.03.14 | Last updated 17:33 13.03.14
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