The Singer Series: Israel’s Social Services 2006

This Report surveys Israel’s main social systems and how they developed in 2006 against the background of trends in recent years.

The following chapters tell of the prolonged erosion of social expenditure, as part of a general policy of cutbacks initiated in 2002. The effects of this policy continue and as a result the hoped-for recovery – based on the government’s pre-election platforms and its basic policy program – has not materialized. When the current government began its term in office, there was hope of a revival of the “welfare state”, but the war in Lebanon put all such plans into a deep freeze.