Following the data revealed by the National Insurance Institute’s Poverty Report which came out last week, the NGO Latet, which combats poverty and food insecurity in Israel, expressed on Sunday its concern for the figures, which showed that the country is lagging behind other countries the OECD.
“The current government and its predecessors have failed in combating poverty and abandoned it. Indeed, despite the fact that more than 1.8 million Israelis and more than 860 000 children live in poverty, there is still no government program designed to address the issue,” Eran Weintraub, Executive director of Latet, said in a statement.
According to the Poverty Report, 442 200 families in Israel lived below the poverty line in the year 2011, which is equivalent to almost two million people. Out of the two million, 860 900 are children. The numbers remained almost unchanged since 2010.