Every year around this time the debate on poverty in Israel begins. First there is the Sderot conference which brings out the politicians, a good part of them directly responsible for Israels economy and its failings.
Then the reports come out from the National Insurance Institute documenting the official poverty statistics and the alternative poverty reports. It doesnt matter which report is reported, the figures are always shocking. Israel, the start-up nation, is also a nation where one-fifth of the population (at best) is living under the poverty line.
The reports are followed by a week of emotional radio and television programs painting