Leef doesn't understand economics or the way the system works - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zionist forever
    • 26.06.12 | 06:17 (IDT)

    There is a difference between supporting the idea of social justice and actually coming out and doing anything about it, the huge protests were spontaneous not orgnised and its the kind of thing that happens once in a blue moon and not something you can organise like Leef was trying to do. Fact is you have to take economics and acceptance of the fact we live in a free market society and as a result there are some things no matter how much we want them to the government cannot influence things. The idea government can bring down housing prices is a myth and especially in Tel Aviv which is one of the most expensive cities in the world is just a myth because the private sector sets housing prices not the government. The protestors have to accept the government cannot just borrow money to pay for all these demands because debts have to be repaid and thats why Greece is in the trouble it is in now. These are realities governments have to deal with which protostors do not. As far as Saturdays riots go, that was very much in response to the fact that Leef & some of the other die hards were arrested because they kept trying to put up tents despite the fact they had been refused permission to put them up and they ignored the police. The result was her core supporters decided they would riot make themselves heard, these riots were not spontaneous they were planned by Leef's supporters. The police may well have been to heavy handed but who gave the protestors the right to riot? Leef is no above the law just because she is famous, if she is told she cannot put up tents she must accept that, the right to protest is not a mandate to do what the hell you like. Leef & her pals also better remember anymore violence or disrupting people's lives like the people who were walking on the tracks of the Jerusalem light rail to try stop it will be met with a harsh response. and they are going to gradually lose any support they may have once had.

    from the article: In wake of raucous rally, vast majority of Israelis support renewal of social protest
    First published 00:59 26.06.12 | Last updated 00:59 26.06.12
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