Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Social protest in Israel: Netanyahu meets wrath of the middle class

With its live, televised promises Netanyahu responded to a wave of protests against exorbitant rents. She was in the past few days so swollen that the Prime Minister had recently feared for his power: only 32 percent of Israelis demonstrated in a survey published on Tuesday in the newspaper "Haaretz" satisfied with his work.

54 percent of respondents are dissatisfied, according to the survey. Later in May, was the result of failed vice versa, the newspaper reported. At that time, 51 percent of respondents would not support Netanyahu 31 percent. Netanyahu takes this sudden change very seriously: On Monday, he canceled a long planned trip to Poland, when he wanted to garner support for his tough stance against the Palestinians claim for their own state.

Defusing the housing crisis is more important to him, also because it no longer is just about affordable housing: A mass movement has emerged to defend the tens of thousands of Israelis against social inequality and the Israeli turbo-capitalism. Summer has begun, the Israeli anger on 14 i in Tel Aviv.

"Rothschild is our Tahrir Square," the mostly student protesters wrote, alluding to the epicenter of the Egyptian revolution of February on cardboard signs. The impoverished middle class is in protest her valve What happened next was truly revolutionary: In Tel Aviv, where the protest tired middle of Israeli society otherwise even for such lofty goals such as peace with the Palestinians is hardly on the road, marched last Sunday 20,000 people to march for affordable housing.

A reporter from the newspaper "Haaretz" looked at the demonstration "a passion, as we have not seen in years." On Monday, the protesters blocked the main highways of Israel. The population supports the actions: 87 percent of respondents "Haaretz" survey are in agreement with the tenant protests.

In fact, the rents that are demanded in Israel, horrendous: Tel Aviv is taking into account the purchasing power now one of the most expensive cities in the world - more expensive than, say, Milan, Paris or New York, according to a study of the financial consulting firm Mercer. Families or single people with small incomes can afford homes in the city any more.

The gap between rich and poor has risen steadily in recent years. On the one hand, the boom in multi-high-tech industry, the income of a small elite, on the other hand, according to estimates by the National Insurance Institute, about a quarter of Israelis now live below the poverty line.

The once-strong Israeli middle class meltdown. In 2009 only 15 percent of the population, included among these, in the 80s there were, according to Insurance Institute for another 35 percent. This class has been impoverished in the tenant protests an outlet to express their fear of relegation expression.

The anger is directed against the Premier "What we feel is the crisis of the middle class," says Israeli President Shimon Peres in the face of growing demonstrations daily. Another indication that also have to be stingy once better off in Israel, the ongoing protests of doctors for four months for higher wages and better working conditions.

No comments:

Post a Comment