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Quarter-million Israelis march for Economic Reform and Equality

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    Article: Factbox:Israel's cost of living demonstrators, and their demands
    Reuters - 1 hr 3 mins ago
    ....TEL AVIV (Reuters) - A quarter-million Israelis marched on Saturday for lower living costs in an escalating protest that has catapulted the economy onto the political agenda and put pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
    Netanyahu planned to name a cabinet-level team on Sunday to address demands by the demonstrators, who in under a month have swollen from a cluster of student tent-squatters into a diffuse, countrywide mobilization of Israel's burdened middle class.
    Israel projects growth of 4.8 percent this year at a time of economic stagnation in many Western countries, and has relatively low unemployment of 5.7 percent. But business cartels and wage disparities have kept many citizens from feeling the benefit.
    "The People Demand Social Justice" read one of the march banners, which mostly eschewed partisan anti-government messages while confronting Netanyahu's free-market doctrines.
    Police said at least 250,000 people took part in Saturday's march in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other cities, a greater turnout than at marches on the two previous weekends.
    Demonstrations on such a scale in Israel -- population 7.7 million -- have usually been over issues of war and peace.
    In a "Peace Index" poll conducted by two Israeli academics, around half of respondents said wage disparities -- among the widest of OECD countries -- should be the government's priority, while 18 percent cited the dearth of affordable housing.
    Some 31 percent cited the stalled Middle East peace talks, Israel's international image, or the need to bolster the armed forces.
    The demonstrations have upstaged Netanyahu's standoff with the Palestinians ahead of their bid to lobby for U.N. recognition of statehood next month. Protests also deflated his celebration of Israel's stability as citizen revolts rock surrounding Arab states across the Middle East and North Africa.
    "There has been nothing like this for decades -- all these people coming together, taking to the streets, demanding change. It's a revolution," said Baroch Oren, a 33-year-old protest leader.
    The conservative coalition government has vowed to free up more state-owned land for development, build more low-rent housing and improve public transport. It also wants to lower dairy prices with more imports and boost medical staff numbers to address demands by striking doctors.
    But the demands submitted by the National Union of Israeli Students go much further in calling for an expansion of free education and bigger government housing budgets.
    Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon, named by a Netanyahu spokesman as a likely member of the cabinet troubleshooting team, said a solution was required even if it "cost billions" at a time when Israel is watching the debt jitters of the United States and parts of Europe. Israel's debt burden is 75 percent of GDP, lower than that of most major Western economies.
    Interviewed by Israel Radio on Friday, Kahlon floated tax cuts and a breakup of cartels to benefit the middle class.
    "If anything, this demonstration is a demonstration of trust in Netanyahu -- though that may sound upside-down: 'Sir, we demand of you, we insist, you know how to, you are capable of fixing this,'" Kahlon said, noting the lack of support for the centrist political opposition.
    But he faulted Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz for trumpeting Israel's macroeconomic indicators.
    "On the one hand we say we have a strong economy, on the other hand large groups of people are seeing that it is not reaching them. Hence the frustration and the outcry," he s
     
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    we are allready sending isreal 3.0 billion,even while we here in america are haveing our own finacial problems.NO MORE FORIEGN AID!​
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    Bill White about an hour ago
    Poor Isreali carpet baggers !!! Don't they realize that their US cash cow is all dried up and can't produce any more shekels !!! If the cost of living in Isreal is so high. Why do fools zealots and freaks from around the world keep immigrating into the territroy ???​
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    FREE SPEECH 7 minutes ago
    5 billion$ annually from the u.s. isn't enough for these leeches
    ISRAELIS=LEECHES
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    Capn Jer about an hour ago
    The USA provides Israel with 10 billion dollars of aid each year. What do they do with the money?​
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    Roy 49 minutes ago
    israel- quit building walls and wasting money and treat the palestianians like human beings​
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    Brian Huang 21 minutes ago
    Americans Need To Demand Economic Reform and Policy Changes Because The Current Government, Republicans and Democrats, Don't Represent The Majority Of Citizens In The U.S..​
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    E 21 minutes ago
    Hmm, wage disparity, heath and cost of living prices, destruction of the middle class.... why does this seem eerily familiar?​
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    sb 1070 yaaaaa 35 minutes ago
    Isreal will bring Isreal down befor they will bring us down. Even the Romans new that the Jewish people should never be in a position of any power over people , banks, and government!​
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    GLOOB 9 minutes ago
    Israel's been giving it to us right in the shorts for years so now it's our turn...bend over Israel!​
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    hi 16 minutes ago
    No more aid to Israel because America is broke and it looks like Israelis are feeling it now...the freeloading is over.​
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    Danny 44 minutes ago
    Sort of funny that yahoo thought anybody in America should care about a pack of unhappy locusts...​
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    ScallyWag about an hour ago
    Even the Jews are sick of the Jews.​
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    Roy 52 minutes ago
    if they need more land-just steal it from the palestianians like they have been doing all along. the israeli are racist! no more u.s money for them. they spy on us-some friend they are.​
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    HASSAN A about an hour ago
    THEY SPEND THE MONEY ON WEAPONS TO OCCQUPY PALESTINIAN LANDS​
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    DD 21 minutes ago
    I wonder how much these protests will cost the US. I bet you at least 10000 bucks per demonstrator.​
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    Mr. Chicago 55 minutes ago
    The Israelites went up to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other cities and inquired of God. They said, "Who of us shall go first to fight against the bad economy, The LORD replied, "Isreal shall go first, People Demand Social Justice." Then the world followed to heal its self tearing down all borders and... More
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    what is this going on in israel, do they need more land from the palestinians in order to build homes for jews...that would be the best option i would propose for them...
     
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