Fresh study claims 19 percent of Israelis between the ages of 30-54 simply aren’t even looking for work. The same number in Western countries is 12.
Taub Center for Social Policy Studies warns that Israel is facing economic problems that it described as «severe and existential».
There is an apparent growing apathy among Israelis of working age. The study showed that 19 percent of Israelis between the ages of 30-54 simply aren’t even looking for work. By comparison, non-employement numbers (not to be confused with unemployment numbers) in other Western countries is closer to 12 percent.
The 350-page report noted that because Israel is going through a period of relative economic success and stability compared to the problems experienced by other industrialized nations, most Israelis are not recognizing or doing anything about the nation’s problems.
Ignoring those problems at this stage will only make them insurmountable. When Israelis finally wake up to the problems, it will be too late, the report warned.
The main issues impacting Israel’s economy are poverty, education and inequality. These are issues all countries struggle with, but in Israel they are beginning to accelerate at a worrying rate.
Israel faces many challenges. The most dangerous of them is growing apathy. Not only in regards to work, but also in regards to Jewish culture and Zionism.
A large number of Jewish youth I have encountered during the past three years, have expressed post-Zionistic view on the future of the state of Israel. Like it does not matter which country we live in, and let the «Palestinians» get what they want.
The moment the Jewish people rejects their calling as God´s chosen people and caretakers of Zion, the state of Israel will be in danger.
And by the way: Growing apathy is not only an Israeli problem. Its an ongoing global disaster.