Falling into the Wage Gap

In order to have a functional economy, a country should utilize all of its citizens. To do so, it needs to encourage the Peggy Olsens of the world to participate in the labor market. Otherwise, the men of the world get complacent and you get an inconsistent seasons 5-7. How do Israeli women fare in our market? Continue reading “Falling into the Wage Gap”

How Close are we to Elections and Who will Win?: Submerged Edition

  • MKs Tzipi Livni (Zionist Camp) and Michal Rozin (Meretz) stormed out of a committee meeting on the “Arrangement Law”. Livni seemed legitimately upset, while Rozin took a more steady approach to her theatrics in contrast to her louder, pointier exit from the Knesset floor later in the week. The Ministry of Justice is trying to find alternatives to the law even as the committee is planning on voting on it this week with the goal of sending it back to the Knesset for its first reading. The law that nobody wants and nobody thinks will be enacted marches ever forward into the books. Continue reading “How Close are we to Elections and Who will Win?: Submerged Edition”

The Children of Israel Lose a Little More Access to Nutella (Updated with more chocolatey info!)

Sometimes the Knesset legislates in booms. Laws like the one banning obnoxiously loud Muezzins engender a lot of controversy and provide fodder for floundering blogs. Frequently though, important laws are passed without much fanfare due to a distinct lack of news cycle sexiness. Laws that directly affect us can be easily ignored. Continue reading “The Children of Israel Lose a Little More Access to Nutella (Updated with more chocolatey info!)”

Poor by Accident or by Design?: Poverty in Israel

A while back, I toured Bethlehem with some friends. In addition to seeing the city, we also visited an attached refugee camp (now we find out whether my parents read this blog). It was a strange experience as the camp reminded me of the poorer parts of Meah Shearim, a Haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem. Both neighborhoods were densely packed, poorly planned and clearly impoverished. The main difference was that there was more pro-Fatah and less anti-Zionist graffiti in Bethlehem.

Not long ago, the OECD released an economic report covering a number of issues. Bibi proudly announced that the study showed that Israelis are among the most satisfied people in the world. Others fired back that he had ignored another part of the report that showed that Israel has the highest rate of poverty in the OECD. Some people even gloated about the poverty numbers as the political culture of the day requires cutting off our nose to spite the country. Others insisted that poverty measures are notoriously fickle and unreliable, surely these numbers have no significance! It’s Israel! Things are always great! Continue reading “Poor by Accident or by Design?: Poverty in Israel”