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Israel’s Welfare Threat

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Posted on May 15 2010 10:16 am
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by P. David Hornik

Dan Ben-David, an economics professor at Tel Aviv University and executive director of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Jerusalem, has been stoking fears lately in Israel with a 350-page report that says the country’s economic picture is grim.

The problems, Ben-David says, arise from two sectors: Israeli Arabs and ultra-Orthodox (or haredi) Israeli Jews. Both groups have high unemployment rates and are an increasingly onerous welfare burden on the productive part of the society. Unemployment among Arab men, as Ben-David recently told the Los Angeles Times, now stands at 27%, and for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men at no less than 65%.

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