Steve Jacobsson is wrong - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Arboush_Sakhneen
    • 07.03.07 | 18:15 (IST)

    I have visited Lebanon a dozen times so far (i have an EU passport and was born overseas) and have seen beggars who r mostly "nawar" (gypsies) from Syria - well organized "workers" for begging mafias which exist everywhere else. The big picture which Steve would rather ignore is that the poor in Israel r NOT better off than those in Lebanon due to the following factors: 1) 8 million Lebanese live abroad and send remittances home. 2) 6 million tourists in 2005 (despite Hariris death) half of which r rich high spending Arab Gulf citizens - not jews coming to stay at their mother in law`s... 3) 20 years being virtualy united with Syria has equilbriated prices amongst the two. Food produce, cars,rent, water/electricity/gas (most of which is produced in Syria) is a third of its cost here. So its no wonder the Lebanese blogger was surprised to see the poverty in Israel espeially as the infrastructure is hopelesly lacking here, our towns and villages like ugly sisters in comparison

    from the article: Twin cities
    First published 00:00 07.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 07.03.07
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