1 about forty percent of the population does not work. that proportion will increase since the haredim and the arabs have a high birth rate. 2 israel does not have a strong manufacturing base. 3 israel has few natural resources. the newly discovered gas/oil fields should help the economy if used properly. 4 the housing crisis can, and must be solved. 5 public transportation is in a terrible shape and it must be improved. public transportation is necessary for economic development and for national security.
North Korea insists it 'regrets,' not apologizes, over mine blast that killed 2 South soldiers (AP)