Opinion  Nahum Barnea
Battle of the middle class
Nahum Barnea
Published: 17.07.11, 17:48
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1. Just what we need...
Moshe ,   Jerusalem   (07.17.11)
Another national commission of inquiry
2. bring the money back from the settlements to the center
Dana ,   Kfar Saba   (07.17.11)
seriously wonder when people are going to make the connection between outrageous apartment prices, ridiculous prices of cottage cheese and the money streaming to the settlements and supporting the ultra-Orthodox who aren't working.
3. The protected secular middle class who did nothing
Al   (07.17.11)
all their lives are in for a very rude awakening. Of course according to them they founded the state, cleared the marshes and won wars.. How do you spell B S? Thats the sum of it...Israel needs to compete and compete it will. The days of overprotection of anyone industry or service is long gone. Thats whats shit disturbing the former protected classes...they will have to compete and work their latte asses off. The monopolies which were protected little spots for those with protexia and who belonged to the right political party is coming to an end. And so we have these pitiful little staged events suddenly cropping up. Its cheese, its housing, its cell phones its BS. All in the name of pulling down the present political power and replacing it with their 'let's spread the wealth...but I'm at the head of the line' gang. Compete or die...The Chinese, Indians and others are not that dumb and can compete...so can you. Get to work and compete...riches will come to those who bust their ass.
4. Theres is not need for a commission
Rachel ,   US   (07.17.11)
What is needed is leaders with stones. The stones to remove tariffs and invite competition in the dairy market. Only problem is the opposition of their rich cartel friends.
5. Drop Taxes. Stop Socialism.
Reuven Brauner ,   Raanana, Israel   (07.17.11)
Get the Government out of everything. All the power is concentrated with 120 people. Eliminate VAT. Start with that stuff.
6. wheres my MP?
sensible guy ,   tel aviv   (07.17.11)
The people shouldn't have to create a solution. The people are speaking, the MP's need to find a solution.
7. #2 "settlers" work much harder than the yefe nefesh
Kyle ,   Southpark, CO, USA   (07.17.11)
"Students" and "artists" who think they don't have to actually work at real jobs but believe they are entitled to luxury housing in the most elite neighborhoods!
8. #2, money goes to the settlements because
Rich ,   Toronto, Canada   (07.17.11)
the elite Jews, who don't even live in the country, are profiting in the billions from the conflict between Arabs and Israelis. They were never out to create a paradise for Jews like they did for the Germans after World War II. Notice that there are no Rothschilds living on Rothschild Boulevard. Don't waste time protesting. Just leave the country.
9. Right the settlements of course
Elieazer ,   Ramla,Israel   (07.18.11)
I emigrated to this country when I turned eighteen I served in the army, and I work my hands to the bone. I'm a Religeous person who lived in the settlements. Before I lived in the settlements I was a Religeous person living in Tel Aviv looking for a job of coUrse no one was hiring. When I went to the army they only had two jobs for me either the rabbinate, or sitting at the ketzin meyun until I got fed up and just went to the Rabbinate. You peoplecomplain about religeos people not doing the army or working,but who said I wanted to be the armys grave digger or work in the damn Kitchen, and how come when I went to look for work no one would hire me? How come my friend who fought for this country and killed for this country can't get a decent job without shaving his beard? Yes it's all our faults I guess with all the sacrifice our seculer brethan went through so we could have oour pace in society just isn't good enough for some of us. I guess after being grave diggers and kitchen folk in the army and after being discrimenated against in the work force, we should be happy right? Or maybe people need to make the connection between kibbutzim that have been failing for years now and cottage cheese.
10. Similar but different, we're going down the toilet
Brian Cohen ,   Judean Peoples Front   (07.18.11)
Israel is nowhere near the miserable shape that America is in, on the verge of going down the economic toilet. We still have a small window of opportunity to save ourselves: -the monopolies have to be broken, and the wealth redistributed. The clans that were given exclusivity and reaped billions have to own up and give back to the country... from the private families to the disease known as Tnuva. -the haredi rabbis have to come to their senses and go back to Torah living, and that means that parnasa means you WORK for a living, not that you take other people's tax money and go pretend you are working by studying Torah your entire life. Never in Jewish history has there been such a social disease infected the religious community as we have today. It is a hilul Hashem that these people pretend professionally live off the work of others. -the government is going to have to dramatically alter the way it does business by making it easier to do business, not harder. Any government ministry or agency that blocks business will have to be fixed or shut down and people fired for cause. This goes for meches, bituach leumi, the Israel Standards Institute, and every ministry that works to slow things down rather than speed things up. You can have high standards and progress, but what we get is impossible standards and a bureaucracy that is a law unto itself. Look ahead 100 years, folks. China and India will have 3 billion people each. There will be 1 billion Arabs who sure as hell better be running their own lives by then, otherwise we'll be in deeper doodoo than we are now. And don't let the malls and the cars on the Ayalon fool you...were are indeed in deep, deep doodoo.
11. do you have a basis for your claims?
Shame   (07.18.11)
You seem to be more anti-settler and Hareidi than interested in a solution. Money has not been going to the 'settlements' for a long time and hardly any housing has been built in comparison to any previous government. On the contrary; if housing starts would have continued in the shtachim over the past decade, instead of slowing down, housing would be less of an issue. From my understanding nearly 50% of Hareidi men work and over 50% of the women work. It is rising on a yearly basis. But must agree it is an issue. although do not see the connection to the housing issue.
12. Seperate state from religion for a start
Haim ,   TA   (07.18.11)
13. middle class...
chana ,   Tel Aviv   (07.18.11)
... a lot of really poor people are already homeless... its not only young people, a lot of elder people live in illegal build "one-room-flats" and pay horrible prices, more then their pension...
14. # 10
Mike Carmel ,   Rishon le Zion   (07.18.11)
How right you are. The protected elites, clothed in cotton wool are however getting older and approaching their retirement. So they will sit in their nice little cottages and villas "bought" from the ill gotten proceeds of unindexed mortgages back in the 1980's when their monthly repayments were diminishing in real terms at a rollercoaster rate because the banks hadn't yet got around to indexing mortgages before the hyperinflation started. So they all got apartments for next to nothing and now these same parasitic freeloaders are charging the youngsters sky-high rents for their second apartments and the youngsters are also earning minimum wage because the Histadrut doesn't give a crap about them - they're not the Israel Aircraft industries or the electricity co. so who cares? Kids these days can't even get started - how do you pull together one and a half million shekels to buy a crummy apartment in Rishon or Holon when you get paid 4000 shekels a month in some service industry job? Don't even get me started about the haredim - that's yet another story altogether. Can anyone blame these kids for seeking alternative opportunities in Canada and Australia? Something must be done to alleviate their plight, and very soon as well, otherwise the country will lose their talents to others.
15. Please publish this YNET
Mike Carmel ,   Rishon le Zion   (07.18.11)
The protected elites, clothed in cotton wool are however getting older and approaching their retirement. So they will sit in their nice little cottages and villas "bought" from the ill gotten proceeds of unindexed mortgages back in the 1980's when their monthly repayments were diminishing in real terms at a rollercoaster rate because the banks hadn't yet got around to indexing mortgages before the hyperinflation started. So they all got apartments for next to nothing and now these same parasitic freeloaders are charging the youngsters sky-high rents for their second apartments and the youngsters are also earning minimum wage because the Histadrut doesn't give a crap about them - they're not the Israel Aircraft industries or the electricity co. so who cares? Kids these days can't even get started - how do you pull together one and a half million shekels to buy a crummy apartment in Rishon or Holon when you get paid 4000 shekels a month in some service industry job? Don't even get me started about the haredim - that's yet another story altogether. Can anyone blame these kids for seeking alternative opportunities in Canada and Australia? Something must be done to alleviate their plight, and very soon as well, otherwise the country will lose their talents to others.
16. Build
michael Pielet ,   boca raton, Israel   (07.18.11)
The government must get the israeli bureaucracy to move out of the way and allow the government to be responsive to the people's needs and promote the construction of thousands of apartments in every part of the land of Israel. Otherwise the government must resign and call new elections.
17. It's not just Tel Aviv
Levi ,   Karmiel   (07.19.11)
The entire country is over priced and has been for years. Do not be fooled the average Israeli makes around 5k shekels. A month. How will this next generation survive? They wont but the banks and elites get richer and richer.
18. to nr. 13.
world-inhabitant ,   world-municipality   (07.22.11)
well noticed. hopely the middle class will reach an/the absolute majority in each country/people and of the entire mankind.
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