Spotlighting Israel’s internal root (shoresh) existential challenges

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Channel 13 news feature: Prof. Dan Ben-David and Matan Hodorov in Bnei Brak

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Matan Hodorov: “The professor at the meeting with the haredim [ultra-Orthodox Jews]: ‘There will be no way back’. Sounds apocalyptic, but at the beginning of the week when the two haredi parties are once again about to take the helm with unprecedented power and positions, Prof. Dan Ben-David is warning about the direction that the vehicle is speeding toward. ‘Half of the children here receive a third-world education. This is a country where 50% of the population is so poor that they don't pay any income tax at all.’ If Israel doesn't come to its senses soon, it simply won't be there for our children and grandchildren when they grow up.” (Dec. 10, 2022)

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Wage gaps between veteran teachers and new ones are exacerbated by the very high proportion of beginning teachers employed part-time

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The public discourse on teachers’ wages in Israel tends to focus on pay slips brandished in demonstrations. While these pay slips highlight what are truly low salaries, their rectification involves much more than simply raising wages significantly for all teachers. This policy brief highlights some of the primary issues underlying the teachers’ low wages. Resolution of these issues necessitates a public reset not only with regard to the compensation of teachers, but also with regard to how they are employed.

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Watch Shoresh president Prof. Dan Ben-David speak at an unconventional venue

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Israel’s political establishment has been leading the country straight towards the iceberg for decades. The economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing neglect of the healthcare system are just the tip of the iceberg. Decaying education and transportation infrastructures, for example, choke the labor productivity – GDP per hour worked, already among the lowest in the industrial world – that determines Israeli wages. In fact, productivity gaps between the leading developed countries and Israel have risen more than three-fold since the 1970s. When roughly half of the country’s children, who tend to belong to Israel’s fastest growing population segments, receive a third world education, then the nation’s ability to maintain a first world economy – which is a necessary condition for physically surviving in the planet’s most dangerous region – begins to seriously threaten Israel’s future existence.

Given on the Jerusalem street across from the prime minister’s residence at the invitation of protest organizers, the talk was made with a clear understanding that the presentation would be a professional and evidence-based analysis of the kind that Shoresh provides senior government ministers and opposition leaders alike. Its focus was on the internal changes that Israel has undergone, their magnitude, their impact, and on the need for significant changes in the country’s national priorities while the window of opportunity is still open.


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