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Israel’s Greatest Threat


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.

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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The world likes to believe that threats to Israel’s security by its neighbors are the country’s greatest concern. The narrative of two ancient peoples in one Holy Land fighting for their place in the world is a great story and leads to an uncanny number of headlines, the expenditure of a relatively large percentage of the UN’s energy and resources, and more divisive discussions and actions than are devoted to other – much bloodier – conflicts, such as those in the Congo and Sudan.

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