Warning: A More Social Israel Means Higher Taxes

Netanyahu may have gotten carried away when he cut government spending in the past 15 years, but adopting a model of bigger government will require higher taxes and civil-service reform.

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In 1995, government spending constituted 52.7% of Israel’s gross domestic product. That percentage remained above 50% until 2003, the year Israel was slammed by the most severe recession since the early years...