Meir Panim Update
1 in 4 Israeli citizens poor
January 1, 1970

The poverty line is defined as 50% of the median net income and is adjusted to family size. The report also showed that over 35 percent of children in Israel were living in poverty. An NII source said the poverty rate was relatively stable. The increase in poverty amongst children and families has halted, and poverty among elderly citizens continues to fall, due to an increase in supplementary income payments. Dr. Yigal Ben-Shalom, NII Director-General, said that although the poverty rate was still high in Israel, he believed the government could reduce it by implementing social initiatives.
Ynetnews – 01.25.07

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