Israel was founded on Marxist values and its not really until the early 2000s that things actually began to change as a result of competition and the kind of economic reforms brought in when he was Sharon's finance minister. Up until the cable company HOT came along in around 2004 and offered telephone and internet. Before then things like internet was for the computer geeks who had their own satellite dishes or used internet cafes. Bezeq was a state owned monopoly where management got paid on time every month but although they were supposed to invest in infastructure etc in theory there was no pressure to do anything... the government has bigger things to worry about other than is Bezeq doing their job properly. Suddenly they got competition and everything is different. ELAL was sold off and they modernized and now its more competitive and the service is much better than it was and I think for the most part it is value for money. The problem is though there are still plenty of people who look back of the days when government was responsible for running everything and ask why can't it be that way again its immoral you should have a man like Azrieli earning 25 million but you got social workers earning peanuts and it seems unfair... Israel really is new to proper capitalism.
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Former IDF general Avigdor 'Yanush' Ben-Gal dies at 80 (Haaretz)
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