Haaretz, Dec. 31, 2016


most of the people there were losers, who did not heed Netanyahu’s real estate advice the last time and certainly were not going to listen to it now.

These are the people who barely have enough money to make ends meet every month, who are not sure whether they’ll be fired in a week’s time, and who have no idea how they’ll pay for their kids’ dental care or the after-school activity they’re dreaming about. They actually understand that buying an apartment is the most profitable thing there is. But where will they get the first 500,000 shekels ($130,000) and then ensuing 2,500 shekels a month, when their average monthly income is 9,327 shekels – or, in terms of the median wage, 6,707 shekels, with two children and extra payments at school and afternoon day care? And when the apartment they’ll buy will be, at best, in some neighborhood where there’s no infrastructure or public transportation?

Maybe Netanyahu laughed when he remembered how he abandoned the pension funds to the wealthy, which gave another boost to real estate purchases as savings for the future, and made apartments even more expensive [....]

[I]n a show called “The King Said.” [...], our king spits in the face of his subjects, pits them against each other and crushes any show of solidarity between them [....]

This horror can only be stopped by one thing: leadership that, instead of mocking its citizens, ensures that they have homes and restores their lives and dignity.