Market forces Don't apply to them! So no chance! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Gilad
    • 22.07.10 | 14:22 (IDT)

    The Haredim live off government grants and subsidies. They do not have market forces affecting them. If I got enough money to live for the rest of my life, I wouldn't care about market forces since they would cease to exist as I am being funded as if from nothing. The concept of market forces applies only when it's actually there. Such as no work no food no home (or so little you can't survive for long). It doesn't apply when it means "it's not much but we can live on it". I know many people in UK council estates (government housing). Some are 2nd generation unemployed, with at least one parent who has almost never worked in their life. When a segment of population is funded by others, there is little incentive to act by many of them. Only those with massive motivation do. The rest simply don't. That is the haredim. No need to work in a paid job so most don't work in a paid job. There is no problem with the secular growth rate. It is expanding and is the highest in the western world. The problem is a large segment of population living off others. If haredim grew at 100% nobody would care so long as there was enough land for homes and services and jobs to pay for their expenses. But there isn't. There aren't enough homes for them nor do they pay for themselves. Blaming seculars for not growing fast so they could keep funding Haredim makes no sense.

    from the article: BoI chief: Haredi unemployment is hurting Israel's economy
    First published 02:04 22.07.10 | Last updated 02:04 22.07.10
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