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    • zionist forever
    • 20.12.11 | 18:26 (IST)

    You can't say on Sunday I want to break up monopolies and increase competition and on Monday its done, these things take time. Its very easy for an observer to sit back and say nothing has been done but for the government its a long drawn out process and if its going to be done RESPONSIBLY then that would be the same for any government ( even a Meretz one ). As for cutting defense spending, that is not the magic bullet and if we cut that they hey presto we have all the money we need to implement all the demands of the protestors because its not. Also when it comes to cutbacks priorities must be made based on current political climates both an and outside Israel, defense right now needs spending on because the IDF needs modernization, it has to recoup the costs of Lebanon 2006 and there is the fact that thanks to the arab spring the region is a much more unstable place right now than it has been in decades and all these things must be taken into account. We can't just say we want money for this so take it from the military. Alot of the demands made by the protestors were unrealistic and will never happen and they need to accept that others will happen but its just not going to happen overnight because of the politics involved and the money, we can't have reckless spending to pay for all these things unless we want to be the next Greece.

    from the article: Israel is still far from achieving social justice
    First published 03:11 20.12.11 | Last updated 03:11 20.12.11
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