Report slights Israel’s commitment to OECD goals

The government invested significantly in roads and public transportation in the center and urban areas, but not minority areas.

Azrieli (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Israel has not fully implemented infrastructure recommendations set by the OECD group of developed, industrialized nations, according to an Israeli report released Thursday.
The report – released by the Macro Center for Political Economics and the Israel branch of Germany’s Friedrich-Ebert- Stiftung development organization – examined Jerusalem’s compliance with recommendations the organization presented the government upon its accession a year and a half ago.
The report is particularly critical of Israel’s commitment to investing in transportation.
It noted that while the government has invested significantly in roads and public transportation in the first half of 2011, the bulk of those efforts were aimed at the country’s central region and urban areas, rather than heavily minority areas, or those situated in peripheral areas.
While the government allotted NIS 939 million to the Jerusalem municipality and NIS 575m. to the greater Tel Aviv area, only NIS 474m. had been set aside for mass transit in Nazareth, the Sharon region, Beersheba, Netanya and Haifa combined, according to a report on the Ynet website.
The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, founded in 1961, aims to stimulate economic progress and world trade by encouraging closer ties between countries committed to democracy and free markets.
Israel is its second-youngest member (Estonia followed three months later), joining the group in September 2007 to become its 33rd member and the only one in the Middle East.