11. Left and Right in Israel: Like Other Nat…

The main axis in the politics of most nations is socio-economic. The less-privileged want more government intervention, while the more-privileged want less. Is this also true in Israel? No. At least not in a clear-cut way. There certainly is a less-privileged population in Israel; one-fifth of the nation lives below the official poverty line. Most in this category are Ultra-Orthodox (haredi) Jews, about 12 percent of the total population, or Arabs, 21 percent. Half of each group are officially poor.

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