The 'revolution' and economic realities - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Shalom Freedman
    • 08.08.11 | 10:01 (IDT)

    There is a lot that needs to be corrected in the socio-economic reality of Israel. The protests are in place, and point to a rightful need for reconsidering and restructuring priorities. But one thing should be understood even by the protestors. The Government's capacity to respond is not infinite. It cannot simply print money to solve every lack and need. It can correct distortions , shift funds to sectors that have been neglected. It can and should address the housing needs of young people. But it must not allow itself the fiscal irresponsibility which will lead to overwhelming deficits , and disaster later on. It also cannot forget that in the background is a global economic meltdown that has already taken a toll on Israelis, and will take a further toll. Besides this there is in the background the September declaration by the Palestinians that may turn to not simply boycott measures against Israel, but renewed violence. Israel cannot afford to cut drastically its security budget. It is to be hoped that the protestors will have responsible leaders who will negotiate with the government in a reasonable way. One of the great lacks in Israeli political life has been the lack of consideration of the well- being of the whole society by 'sectorial interests' who cared only for themselves. It is to be hoped that the protestors will be Israelis first , and in seeing the whole picture make demands that are reasonable and can be addressed in a proper way.

    from the article: The Israeli protest has turned into a revolution
    First published 02:10 08.08.11 | Last updated 02:10 08.08.11
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