Thatcher’s Poll Tax Popping in for a Visit

Abraham Doron (Translated from Hebrew by Orna Meir-Stacey) According to the new budget proposal, housewives who work only in their household and are raising the next generation of workers, will be required to pay a Poll Tax. Today we were told that this appalling proposal will be removed from next year budget Among the edicts […]

Gas exports: Is the government with us, or against us?

By Ofer Sitbon (translated from Hebrew by Miriam Erez) The High Court of Justice views petroleum and natural gas as ‘limited, non-renewable, publicly-owned resources.’ So how is it that our own government violates the basic rules of public policy? In a 2011 ruling handed down by the High Court of Justice (Bagatz 3734/11), Justice Miriam […]

Experts, Child Poverty, and Budget Cuts

By Itzik Saporta (Translated from Hebrew by Yoav Kleinfeld, edited by Ami Asher) “Experts” claim that cutting child benefits will eventually result in reducing child poverty. They support this with an argument which may sound plausible to some, but – regrettably – has no bearing on reality. An essay on shoe-string theories Cutting child benefits […]

Reducing greenhouse gas won’t change a thing for Israel’s citizens

By Yossi Loss (Translated from Hebrew by Maya Naveh) If the Israeli government is concerned with climate change and its consequences, it must focus less on reducing Israel’s inconsequential greenhouse gas emissions, and more on preparing for the difficulties ahead. In Israel’s latest budget plan, the item dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions has been […]