When It Comes to Israel's Middle Class, Numbers Can Lie

Yair Lapid set off a firestorm when he asserted that an income of NIS 20,000 a month was middle class. But a look at the numbers crunched on the Israeli economy tells us that statistics, in this case, don't tell the whole story.

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Freshman Finance Minister Yair Lapid got himself into hot water over a recent Facebook post about a fictional teacher from Hadera by the name of Riki Cohen, whom he characterized as middle class. After his...