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Netanyahu: Populism sweeping through Israel
Moran Azulay
Published: 03.08.11, 16:56
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1. i like the phrase with the tree
david ,   tel aviv   (08.03.11)
however what is missing here in Israel is a way to assure, that everybody gets a pick. which does not exist as it should. what about the housing bill. big investors get state land for cheap prices if they build houses and rent them for 10 years for cheap. why not give anybody (any individual) land for less prices if he builds himself a house. and his should be done in the peripheria, so that mouny and people and education and future moves to there.
2. If anyone can navigate through all this muck, it's Bibi.
Noodles ,   Coney Island   (08.03.11)
3. 1
zionist forever   (08.03.11)
Do you grudge investors making a profit? Why should it matter if an investor gets a good deal on a plot of land as long as he builds affordable housing? If that investor is not going to make any money for himself he will say the fact there is a need for affordable housing isn't my problem I make money from luxury apartments and I will just build those and get very rich. The investors are not in this out of love for the people and if we don't give them the land then all will happen is that taxpayers will have to pay the cost of building and maintaining these buildings. Doing things this way takes the burden off the taxpayer and puts it on the investor.
4. Even free market countries have price celings.
noa ,   israel   (08.03.11)
5. Livni is Pathetic
Ari   (08.03.11)
What has she offered in terms of solutions now, or at any time during her leadership of the opposition? Go home Livni.
6. Stop the BS, release land, let people build before they can
Bunnie Meyer ,   Los Angeles, CA USA   (08.03.11)
you and all your sorry excuses. More available land means more building and AFFORDABLE rents and AFFORDABLE houses. NO MORE EXCUSES, let the land go.
7. Livni with her diarrhea of the mouth.
Ben Yisrael ,   Tel Aviv, Israel   (08.03.11)
The woman who brought us missiles from Gaza. Who is she to open her big mouth? Never anything constructive. She evens talks against the government when overseas. All because she lost the PM seat to someone who deserves it.
8. Price of housing is due to foreign money laundering,
naro ,   jerusalem   (08.03.11)
Price of houses as gone through the roof because foreigners (sepecially French Jews) are buying property in Israel in order to launder their undeclared "black" money form their own tax authorities. They are spending outrageous amount in Israel, because if they invest in Europe their tax authorities know about it. Wake up Israel.
9. Some things just aren't commodities
Avramele   (08.03.11)
You want to make money selling computers or cars then more power to you. However healthcare, affordable housing and quality education must be guaranteed apart from the free market. Your profits end where my life supports begin.
10. To Paraphrase Prime Minister Mr. Netanyahu....
asi   (08.03.11)
"Who M-e-f-a-h-e-d!" (He's A-F-R-A-I-D) and well he should be very afraid...this issue could force early elections and Mr. Netanyahu will lose his throne (I meant seat)
11. What would the media say if ......
Ilan ,   Ariel   (08.03.11)
All Netanyahu has to say is "What you see from here, is not what you see from here". Wouldn't the media just crown Netanyahu an etrog and become his friend. Not sure he doesn't do this because the media would follow through or because he has red lines he wouldn't cross either.
12. Bibi is right and.....
Avaram Goldsmith ,   Toronto, Canada   (08.03.11)
No just free market base , but also free and equal oprtunity without nepotism, strong and accesible education to enhance chances for underpriviledge to succes, balance and encourage the industry range and enhance local manufacturing . Educated the people the right consumer behaivor in free market enviorenment.
13. Re: # 10
Coolguy   (08.03.11)
Really? How?
14. ABC
Bad assed Jew. ,   United States   (08.03.11)
ANNEXING BUILDING CONCURRENTLY. Now you've heard your ABC's, tell us what you think of me.... Wasn't that a children's rhyme, set to music? Is anyone listening? Hello? Hello? Those tents get gamey and very unsightly after a while, plus, a genuine reminder to BUILD ALL OF ISRAEL NOW. Perfect reason, you need affordable homes if you want Jews to stay in Israel. Arabs build for free. We pay in blood. Blood is getting more expensive, these days, the cost of living, ya know.
15. What 'free market" never really understood that oxymoron.
Bad assed Jew. ,   United States   (08.03.11)
I always take cash. If all the non resident land owners in Israel were to rent their apts. out, that's one solution, fair market price, that remains to be seen. From what I gather, they prefer to leave them empty while those in tents force the real issue of 1- availability 2- price 3- not enough affordable housing. I just hope none of the rich say, "let them eat cake" next. Another thought, when the rich do visit their luxury apts. the combined smells of too many people on too little 'public' land might make living there unbearable. It's not kosher. The cup can't be half full if most of the apts. are empty. Solution? BUILD. how many times have I got to tell you??
16. Get the water-cannons out& give me back my Rotchild Blvd!
tom ,   tel aviv   (08.03.11)
17. pm: populism sweeps......
sjoerd ruurd ,   world(-wide)   (08.03.11)
no, i do not agree with that argument of the netanyahu-administration 2. in the zionist republic of the middle east/in western-asia a lot of people, perhaps/hopely the overwhelming majority of the population there, have gotten (their) common sense and their sense of justice. those people deserve (my) respect and sympathy to change the circumstances and situation to try to improve that part of our world.
18. #6: Netanyahu laughs in the Knesset!
David ,   Israel   (08.03.11)
300,000 children live below the poverty line. Statistics by National insurance Institute no Livni! An Netanyhau laughs! He spits on those struggling to make ends meet! Bibi, the Prime Minister who relies on "committees to decide for him, is pathetic! What are you going to say about Bibi when he pulls the wool over the eyes of the right and gives the territories to the Palestinians? He will do this, you know and I know! Livni is not the Prime Minister and her job is that of an opposition leader. What Netanyahu fails to realize is that 88% of the people of Israel, not of the USA or any other other country, support the demonstrators! The only ones who don't are busy bodies from the USA who should get their own house in order and some of the residents on Rothschild Boulevard who own apartments on prime real estate! Boo Hoo! You seem to forget that Livni was Likud!
19. David #18
Tzipile ,   Tel Aviv   (08.03.11)
Your rants are pathetic and prove that this is piolitically motivated. The Right will rule Israel for a long... long time.. Get used to it.
20. Bibi, it is called democracy
Rahel   (08.03.11)
what HE calls populism is people voicing their opinions about the mismanagment of power, finances etc etc... people want a say in their future. And HE of course knows how to combat inflation, unemployment etc- so why doesn't he DO something- other than blow hot air. Worry about your country and leave Europe out of this-
21. Netanyahu and Populism
Michael ,   Haifa   (08.03.11)
Populism is what is happening to Mubarek in Egypt...Thank your lucky stars, Netanyahu that you are facing what you call "populism" in Israel.
22. you misunderstood me
david ,   tel aviv   (08.03.11)
i dont mind if investors make profit. i do the same where i invest. what i dont like about the new plan is, that big investors get land for cheap pries, but not private people who wanna build their own house. this deal just helps the tycoons. maybe it will ease renting prices for some years, but then we are at zero again. if look at israel in the bigger picture, we see that the middle class shinked in the last years from 35 to 15 %. soon it will reach the numbers it has in egypt, syria and lebanon. and i guess nobody wants that israel will be like them!
23. Livni's is truly pathetic. Her "solution" is hating Bibi.
Alexander ,   Tel Aviv, Israel   (08.03.11)
Livni belongs in a mental hospital and not in politics.
24. Netanyahu is speaking the truth. Livni/protestors aren't
Alexander ,   Tel Aviv, Israel   (08.03.11)
Livni has no educational or professional background in business or economics. She behaves like an illiterate trying to read. Livni and the protestors have got it all wrong. The free market is not an ailment of Israel - the free market is Israel's economic solution. It is not the free market that created this situation - it is the opposite of the free market and the oligarchy that created these social problems. Netanyahu is merely trying to identify and fix the problem, whereas Livni is merely interested in becoming the PM and conducting a policy that will even worsen the present situation.
25. I agree with #24
Keren ,   IL-BR   (08.03.11)
26. Bibi knows best
MC ,   Tel Aviv   (08.03.11)
what is good for Israel. The protestors are leftist troublemakers and freeloaders who want the hard working taxpayers to pay for their laziness. They need to start working harder if they want luxury items. No one promised them a car or a beach front apartment.
27. #24 Well said!
Madeleine ,   Rehovot Israel   (08.03.11)
You area asolultely right in what you say regarding free market and the oligarchy. As for Tsippi Livni, well, a true opposition not only oposes, but also proposes. It offers its own plan of what it would do for the country "if it were in power". Well, Livni hasn't a thought or idea in her head on this score. She just knows how to sneer and deride. she's not even a worthy opponent. To listen to some people talk, anyone wold think that Netanyahu created the problem. On the contrary, the problem has been in the making for many years under Labour, who allowed the Histadrut to play with the public' money (large chunks of Histadrut Kupot Cholim fees did not go to the Kupah but to the histadrut's own agenda). labour baild out the kibbutzim when they were not economically viable, sinking more public money into a bottomless pit. The Histadrut was one of the biggest cartels, holding Egged and maing it virtually impossible to develop the railways. laabout might have been the answer to the fledgling Israeli State, but for many years now, has just been a millstone around Israel's neck.
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