Israel is “facing one among the best economic crises in its history”, a new study has found 40 per-cent of its population struggling to buy their basic needs.
The expert finding was made by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, an organisation which describes itself as “build[ing] broad support for Israel” and a search institute, Geocartography.
Close to one in ten Israelis (9.6 per cent) are struggling to place food on the table, and a tenth of Israelis surveyed are in danger of being deported from their homes or having their electricity and/or water turned off, said the Jerusalem Post in its report of the Fellowship’s findings.
Property owners and people living in rented accommodation also are experiencing difficulty paying for their rent while more are having difficulty paying bills like electricity, water, gas and municipality taxes.
“The survey results serve to underscore what most experts already suspected,” Yael Eckstein, president and CEO of the Fellowship, is reported saying. “As the medical emergency is winding down, Israel remains facing one among the best economic crises in its history. Our main task immediately, as Israel’s leading welfare organization, is to assist families and individuals who have lost their livelihood thanks to the coronavirus restrictions, survive this crisis until they revisit on their feet.”
While 40 per cent said that they're facing difficulties finding ways to buy basic provisions like food, bills and rent or making mortgage payments, more acknowledged that help was hard to return by.
Some 42.6 per cent of these surveyed said that they need no relations of friends to assist them through this crisis.
Figures of the amount of Israelis that have lost their income paints a bleak picture of the economy and its impact on society.
If the participants within the survey are to be considered a real representation then 21 per cent of the country’s population have lost household income due to the crisis, forcing over a tenth of the population to return to living with their parents.
Explaining the impact, Tami Barsheshet, chairperson of the organisation of welfare work managers within the local authorities said: “Having one or two members of a family dismissed from their jobs or placed on unpaid leave creates a depression that affects the entire family.”
Only 1 / 4 of these surveyed said that their income wasn't affected in any way, a sign that the overwhelming majority of Israelis are impacted in some shape or form.
Baresheshet said that there has been a 50 per cent increase in new requests to local welfare work departments which things are predicted to urge worse.
Some 13 per cent admitted to receiving assistance or have expressed a desire to hunt support within the near future from non-profits or welfare work departments.
The Fellowship has found out new programmes in aid of buying food, clothing, baby care supplies and drugs. This aid program was developed as a result of the massive number of requests made by local welfare work departments around the country to the Fellowship.