Israel has third highest gap between rich and poor in the world21 percent of Israelis live below the poverty line, making Israel country with the highest percentage in the west.
Poverty statistics inflated, says MKJewish Home's Smotrich says while gaps are worrisome, today's poor are much less poor than those of 20 years ago.
'We like to talk about poverty, but really don't like the poor'Left skewers Netanyahu, calls for commission of inquiry over abysmal poverty statistics; solutions focus on incentives for working poor.
Report reveals: One in three Israeli children live in povertyAnnual poverty report reveals one in five Israelis total are under rising poverty line, Zionist Camp slams Netanyahu for 'burying' citizens.
Generosity satisfies body and soul at Tiberias’s free restaurantFighting poverty with dignity and respect.
Kulanu MK: Poverty behind 'Arab revolt'Head of Knesset Welfare Committee says he's sure if poverty rate in Arab sector were lower 'fewer Arabs would support wave of terrorism.'
Watch: Chef Shines Spotlight on Struggles of Israel's PoorIn a video designed to bring home the difficulties poor Israelis face, celebrity chef Haim Cohen tried to “prepare a meal out of nothing.”
One in Ten Israelis Forced to Skip Hot Meals Due to PovertyPoll shows Israelis generally happy with life, but poverty still effects a significant portion, particularly among Arabs and haredim.
Most Holocaust Survivors Worldwide in PovertySpecial advisor on Holocaust issues in Washington warns: about 50% of survivors worldwide live in poverty, need urgent help.
Holocaust Survivors in Israel Still Living in Dire StraitsA new survey published ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day shows that a quarter of survivors in Israel live below the poverty line.
Rivlin: Apathy and Indifference are Our Greatest DangersUpon receiving the Democracy Index, President Rivlin called on elected officials to rebuild trust with public, while urging public to vote.
Israelis Fed Up with Poverty, Corruption - But Not Israel1/3 of Israelis facing financial difficulties, 42% believe government is corrupt - but overwhelming majority, including Arabs, patriotic.
MK Moses: One in Four Israeli Children Go to Bed HungryUTJ MK Menachem Eliezer Moses attacks current government at special Knesset session devoted to discussing recent poverty reports.
National Council Reports 55% Rise in Child Poverty in IsraelNational Council for the Child finds one in three Israeli children live below poverty line, percentage quadrupled in last few decades.
Israel Prize Winner and Social Activist Eli Elaluf Joins KulanuEli Elaluf, a social activist who served on the Knesset Committee for Combating Poverty, announced Thursday he is joining Kulanu.
Former Black Panther Head Blasts Peres' 'Hypocrisy' on Poverty'Peres's talk of poverty infuriating,' former MK and Israeli Black Panthers leader tells Arutz Sheva, says Left and Right equally to blame.
Danon: Israel Paying the Price for LapidFollowing the publication of Latet's Alternative Poverty Report, Yesh Atid, Likud and Shimon Peres quickly strike up blame game.
Yesh Atid: Child Poverty is a Badge of Shame on PMYesh Atid blames Netanyahu after Latet releases report showing 1 in 3 children in Israel live below the poverty line.
Likud and Peres in Showdown Over Social JusticePeres charges PM 'all talk,' at which Likud lists achievements and asks 'what has left done?'; 'Peres's b-day could have fed thousands.'
Yehimovich Blames Netanyahu for Poverty in IsraelAfter publication of report that over 700,000 children live below poverty line in Israel, ex-Labor head blames PM's economic policies.
Bill: Cancel Debts in Honor of ShmittaJustice Minister Tzipi Livni's proposal to cancel debts for families owing less than 400,000 shekel passes Committee vote.
Rivlin Launches 'Shmittah Project' to Help Poor FamiliesProject to help 5,000 families in need, evaluate how Israel handles poverty. Rivlin: 'All Israel responsible for one another.'
War on Poverty a 'Historic Moment,' Says MinisterThe government will allocate NIS 1.7 billion ($550 million) to the war on poverty in the 2015 budget.
Emergency Aid Dispatched to Ukrainian Jewish RefugeesAs Rosh Hashana approaches, some 5,000 Jews remain homeless, despite ceasefire between government and pro-Russian forces.
5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s NeedyHow you can help give the more than 1.5 million Israelis in poverty a truly happy New Year.
Report: To Cut Poverty, Govt. Must Spend MoneyIsrael needs to invest money in order to lower the poverty rate, a Knesset-appointed panel said in a report released Monday
Study: Poorer Families Not Taking Advantage of Free Dental CareThe law authorizing free dental care is not having the desired effect, a study shows.
Israel Initiates Free Legal Representation for PoorThe Israel Lawyers Forum has authorized rules to appoint attorneys for those who cannot afford to pay for them.
50% of Holocaust Survivors Living Below Poverty LineShocking statistics show many survivors living off of less than 3,000 shekels per month - but that may change soon, MK says.
Group: 12% of Israelis Forced to Take Passover Food HelpThe Chasdei Naomi assistance organization said that 12% of Israelis had received some form of food assistance for Passover.
Mesika: Leftist Hypocrites Blame Right for PovertyLeftist politicians are being very cynical and dishonest by blaming poverty in Israel on 'the settlers,' said Gershon Mesika.
International Monetary Fund: Israel's GDP Growth StableIsrael's GDP continues to grow, according to new report - but unemployment in specific populations continue to threaten that growth.
Anger as Mayor Blocks Housing for Hareidi JewsMayor of Lod holds up housing project, says he doesn’t want ‘socio-economically weak’ hareidi Jews making his city poorer.
MK: Worried About Poverty? Restore Child PaymentsMK Chetboun reacts to poverty report with call to restore slashed benefits. ‘Child payments mean bread, milk.’
Shas Attacks Government over ‘Poverty Storm’Shas party head Aryeh Deri warns of ‘poverty storm’ as data shows 1.7 million under poverty line, including 23% of elderly.
Report: In Spite of Strong Economy, Israeli Poverty Still HighHigh unemployment among Arab women, hareidi men contributes towards Israel ranking bottom out of 35 OECD states.
Tiberias Soup Kitchen Serves Hot Food Seasoned with KindnessRestaurant-style soup kitchen in northern Israel provides those in need with nutrition - and dignity.
'Silent Tsunami' of Poverty Threatens Israel's Most VulnerableYad Ezra V'Shulamit is helping Israel's poor to cope with budget cuts that have worsened their plight.
Meir Panim Makes the Holiday Possible for Needy IsraelisPre-paid food cards aim to grant families in need "the dignity to make their celebrations special and joyful.”
Lapid Proud of ‘Historic’ Child Benefits Cut‘We’re moving from benefits culture to work culture,’ Finance Minister boasts as child benefits are slashed.
Carmiel Official: 600 Need Housing, There Have Been SuicidesSix hundred families are waiting for public housing in Carmiel, but none is available. ‘This is a powder keg.’
Met Council Head: 50% of New York Jews Face PovertyWilliam Rapfogel explains why the council believes in “piling on the services," talks about helping "the Jews we've been in denial about."
Poverty Dramatically Increases Among New York's JewsPoverty has risen dramatically in the New York Jewish community since 2002, according to a new UJA-Federation of New York report.
NII: Govt. Edicts Will Make More People PoorThe three main “edicts” that the government is imposing this year will significantly increase the number of poor, it was announced.
MK: Create an Alternative to Tel AvivMK Wortzman tackles housing crisis, child poverty in his first speech in Knesset.
Fiery Debate: Why Aren't Israeli Arabs Loyal to State?Jerusalem Conference debate: are Israeli Arabs alienated because they are poor, or poor because they are alienated?
Customs, Import Tax Canceled on Hundreds of ItemsIsrael's economy is about to receive another boost, with the cancelation of the customs tax on the import of hundreds of products.
Report: Poverty Rate Drops, But Israel's Children Still HungryThe poverty rates have dropped to levels not seen since 2003 – but a third of Israel's youth are still hungry, latest figures show.
In Gesture to Protest Movement Rami Levi Gives His Bonus AwayDiscount supermarket chain boss Rami Levi has decided to forego his quarterly bonus and give it to his lowest paid workers.
Social Protests Target BibiPM Netanyahu is targeted by protesters who call for more government help for poor children, retired soldiers.
‘Statistical Poverty’ GrowsThe number of Israel in "poverty” has grown again, but the statistical calculations in effect make the "circle of poverty” eternal.
Report: the Poor are Getting RicherMarket researchers say poverty in Israel is decreasing, and have stats to prove it. They also have some advice for policy-makers.
MK: 'Cruel' Workplace to Blame for PovertyMK Shelly Yechimovich says a “cruel” work culture is largely to blame for poverty in Israel.
Poverty Levels Stable for 2008The level of poverty in Israel remained stable in 2009, says annual NII report.
No, Mr. President, economic strain is not the reasonStudies have shown exactly the opposite is true.