Israel actively loves her children! Israel is one of the few countries in the world continuously working to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all young people - how wonderful to see youngsters playing together in the parks without a care, their shouts and laughter filling the air on hot summer nights - or taking buses on their own to and from school and activities.
Many families in Israel are distressed as they hear of new government plans to raise taxes, introduce taxes on fruits and vegetables, and cut funding on child payments. The government hopes that tightening spending will keep the deficit under control, despite global recession.
Poverty among the youngest and the weakest in our nation has reached a shockingly high rate. The rate of poor children in Israel has risen more than 50% since 1998 and continues to increase.