08.10.2011 11.Cheschwan. 5772
Trajtenberg said old labels of socialism and capitalism are no longer appropriate, and the world is much more homogenous than ever before.
Inequality in Israel is worse than in the rest of the world, and that is an indictment against Israeli society that has created a feeling of injustice, said Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg on Monday at a conference sponsored by TheMarker in Tel Aviv. Trajtenberg, the head of the eponymous Trajtenberg committee on socioeconomic change, spoke out for the first time since he presented the committee's recommendations in September.
"The citizen in the middle of the [wage] distribution sees on one side dire and continuing poverty, but it is hard for him to sympathize with the poor since that stems from non-participation in the workforce. He sees a lack of bearing the burden," said Trajtenberg. "The same part that is meant to arouse solidarity and empathy arouses distance. On the other hand, he sees the creation of excessive wealth. When the economy grows expectations are that all the boats will rise with the tide – but in reality the fruits only reach the same layer of excessive wealth and not the salaries of the average person," he added….