"The poverty index does not measure poverty, it harms the real poor."
Out of the total NIS 480 billion budget, not one shekel was apportioned to address food insecurity, meaning food for people in need.
Two million Israelis have reported loss of income due to the crisis, and about 510,000 citizens have not yet returned to the labor market since the beginning of the corona crisis.
Alkire was recognized for her exceptional contribution to the understanding of the dynamics and implications of poverty.
While Israel's technological and scientific breakthroughs are impressive, it is still has the highest rate of poverty of any OECD country, according to a National Insurance Institute report.
“There are so many people that need help.”
43,000 nonprofits currently help provide services to people on welfare, although only about 20,000 appear to be active.
Opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) blamed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) for the bleak report.
The figure is the highest rate in the developed world.
The land is predicted to grow enough produce to feed about 2,700 people daily.