Israel is a indeed a holy land, but it is also a real state with the same social problems that plague every other developed country in the world. Maintaining prosperity in the face of conflict and with some 1,774,800 citizens living in poverty is simply not possible.

We are at the breaking point. The need for serious action by the government to reduce poverty is great, and with our nation’s rapid population growth the time is now.

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Jackie Frankel is a development associate and the youth fundraising coordinator for the Jaffa Institute (www.jaffainstitute.org), a private, non-profit organization that provides a host of social services to thousands of severely disadvantaged children and their families in the greater Tel Aviv-Jaffa area of Israel.

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