ISRAEL - Israeli Children Living in Poverty

Arno Froese

The nation’s children are the future and nothing is more important, but the state doesn’t do enough to give credence to such claims, Vered Windman, CEO and head of the legal department of the National Council for the Child, declared.

Speaking at the President’s residence, Vered Windman said that the state has failed to close social gaps, and that more than 300,000 children in Israel are at risk. Over the past year, she continued, there was a 50% increase in the number of cases of abuse and neglect that were confided to social workers.

During the 19 years in which she has been associated with the NCC, budgets for child welfare have been limited by bureaucracy and various national priorities, and there were never sufficient funds for child welfare projects which were invariably given low priority, she said.

As is the unfortunate case every year, there is a very high ratio of children living in poverty. Of the three million children living in Israel, 865,00 are living below the poverty line, and two out of every three haredi and Arab children are living in poverty. Windman attributed this to the generally large families in the haredi and Arab communities and the high ratio of adult unemployment in those communities.

There wasn’t much in the way of good news other than a decrease in juvenile delinquency, and an increase in school attendance among the Bedouin communities.

Rivlin said that report was a very important reference for formulating policy.

He also underscored that in those spheres in which there has been a noticeable improvement in the statistics, it should be remembered that such improvements derive from the dedicated work of men and women who devote their lives to creating a better quality of life for young people.

As for the 50% increase in complaints voiced to social workers, Rivlin attributed this to the fact that “the public has learned to lodge complaints.”

“I believe in equal opportunity for every child regardless of their background,” said Beersheba high school student Rotem Naaman. “Children from low socioeconomic backgrounds are often denied such opportunities—and that influences their lives in the future.”

-www.jpost.com, 9 January 2019

Arno's commentary

While Israel can be categorized as a super-successful nation, in this case children of the lower income group apparently are neglected. Although Israel is a strong socialist country, to a certain degree it has failed to take into consideration the very poor. However, this report has some positive aspects, such as the increase of about 50% in complaints to the authorities; subsequently, action is required.

Poverty, depending on the way it is defined in each individual country, is still a sore spot even among super-rich countries. So, what is the future for the underprivileged? For one thing, we know what the Bible says. Jesus states in Matthew 26:11: “For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.” However, there is a promise: “Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the Lord shall greatly bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it” (Deuteronomy 15:4).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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