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As Poverty in Israel is on Rise Amid Pandemic, Why is Government Failing to Address Issue Promptly?

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a spike in the amount of people who are poor, which reached two million in 2020. But another reason for the alarming figures has been attributed to the lack of a solid policy, as well as unwillingness of the government to acknowledge the problem.

COVID-19, which has already claimed the lives of nearly 6,000 Israelis, has also led to the closing down of tens of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses, and it has also pushed the unemployment rates to unprecedented heights.

Poverty Rate Goes Up

But Israel’s woes don’t end there. At the end of January, it was reported that the Jewish state’s standard of living had dropped by 4.4 percent and that the number of poor was nearing two million people.

Naama Yardeni, the head of research at Latet, Israel’s largest NGO combating poverty and food insecurity, breaks down these numbers.

“We need to distinguish between families that experience financial hardships and those that are poor. In both cases, we have seen a rise in numbers, when compared before and after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic”.

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