I'm afraid the author is pretending Israel is a nation that still requires ration cards. Sorry, all you have to do is fly in from overseas and pass over the skyscrapers of Tel Aviv to know that things have changed. Perhaps the author has never been around Kikar Hamedina or the Ramat Aviv Mall. Of course, unfortunately there are still many poor people in Israel, but I'm sure they want the people who enter the Knesset to be properly dressed and not look like they came in to beg for a few shekels. Remember this is 2007 in Israel, not 1957!
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Professor Marcus Klingberg, scientist and Soviet spy, has died (Haaretz)
from the article: The non-Israeli Knesset