Israeli society

In Land Of Milk And Honey, No Money For Cottage Cheese

Behind Israel’s protests is a population struggling to pay the bills.

08/09/2011
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — After taxes, Orit Mizrachi, a secretary, takes home about $1,400 a month, while her husband, a factory worker, takes home about $1,550.

But after buying food and paying their mortgage, taxes, utilities and other expenses each month — shopping only at bargain stores for their three children’s shoes and clothing — it’s “impossible to finish the month in the black,” says Orit, a petite woman in her 40s.

Saturday’s protest in Tel Aviv against the rising cost of living drew an estimated 250,000 people. Getty Images
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