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    • The Big E
    • 26.10.10 | 22:54 (IST)

    Israel has one of the highest per capita incomes of any country in the world. In 2008 more than two million Israelis took at least one foreign vacation, and Israeli youths are well known for "trekking" around the world. The ultra religious are able to receive government grants while they choose to study and not work. Israel has one of the highest percentages of foreign workers in their country, and Israelis are well known for not taking jobs that they consider "menial". Part of those workers are both housekeepers and nannies. Construction jobs are shunned by Israelis, as well as many agricultural jobs. And Israel has a generous safety net that allows many of these jobs to be shunned by the native population. To all the above - I say -- well done Israel - you have achieved a modern industrial affluent society out of almost nothing. But I also say that after 200 billion dollars plus in aid to Israel from the United States, it is time for Israelis to pick up the financial ball and run with it. Regardless of what you call it - it is still monies that the United States can't afford to be handing out - especially to a country that can afford many luxuries such as foreign vacations, housekeepers and guest workers. It is time for Israel to do whatever it takes - adjust their tax system, prioritize their spending priorities, in order for them to pay their own way. The monies that the United States has provided over the years - while not direct subsidies to the activities mentioned above, indirectly make it possible for those activities to transpire. The United States must start to address their own budget imbalances and mounting national debt - and these monies given to Israel is as good a place to start as any.

    from the article: As midterms near, Israel is again a battleground for U.S. politicians
    First published 19:56 26.10.10 | Last updated 19:56 26.10.10
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