A group of ‘hilltop youth,’ the kids in their teens and 20’s who go around setting up ‘outposts’ as precursors to Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria, have joined in the ‘housing crisis’ protests, setting up 15 tents on the corner of Allenby Road in central Tel Aviv. Their goal is to let the other protesters know that more building in Judea and Samaria is the answer to the ‘housing crisis.’
The hilltop youth, a group of young people who were born in the settlements and who belong to the extreme right [see what I mean about the news reading like an editorial page here? CiJ], appeared on Rothschild Boulevard wearing shirts with slogans such as “Tel Aviv is Jewish” and “Jews, let us be victorious.”
The activists planned to set up dozens of additional tents in the coming days.
Meir Butler, one of the hilltop youth leaders, told Haaretz, “We are here to say ‘yes’ to the social protests, but to also say that there is a solution.” The solution, he said, “is to build in Judea and Samaria.”
Earlier on Wednesday, approximately 200 right-wing activists marched from Habima Square, shouting, “No to bringing down the government, yes to solving the crisis.”
The activists also said they want a solution to the housing crisis and called on the government to lower the price of basic products by 20 percent. Extremist Baruch Marzel also came to Rothschild Boulevard and spoke to some of the protesters.
The organizations that took part in the right-wing march included Im Tirzu, Zo Artzenu, Yisrael Sheli, Bnei Akiva, Ra’ananim, The Committee of South Tel Aviv Neighborhoods, and Yesha council representatives.
Carl: And none of them are being supported by European governments.
Israelis complain about housing prices, the sick leftists at the NYTimes have a premature ejaculationAugust 2, 2011
The Israeli economy has improved greatly under free-market reforms, for which PM Bibi Netanyahu, especially in his stint some years ago as finance minister, is largely responsible. The Israeli economy’s current low unemployment, low inflation, strong rate of growth, and overall stability amid the economic storm of recent years are the envy of much of the Western world.At the same time certain problems remain, particularly prices for many commodities that are higher or much higher than in other Western countries generally. The solution is, of course, continued free-market reforms that will introduce further competition and break the power of the remaining cartels, monopolies, and capital concentrations.Meanwhile in the last few weeks a few Tel Aviv radical leftists, actually communists–with the crucial cooperation of the lefty media–have whipped up a public storm of protest that is largely unfairly focused on the current government and largely driven by ignorance and populism.Caroline Glick outlines this problematic development and connects it with other cases since the ’90s where the Israeli media have manipulated the populace–lacking other, corrective information–into severe blunders. Formerly it was in the security sphere, with Israeli security essentially destroyed for a time and still seriously damaged; now they’re starting in on the economy. Glick warns:The only solution to this situation is competition. Israel’s media market is able to operate as a closed guild because government regulations on media licenses have placed the same people destroying our discourse in charge of deciding who gets a broadcast license and what broadcasters can broadcast.This has to end. Just as Israel’s economic success owes to the government’s withdrawal from the markets, so Israel’s ability to have a rational, truthful, fact-based public debate is entirely dependent on a government initiative to deregulate the media.
But it better act fast. For if the government does not act quickly, as we see today, the media guild will manipulate the uninformed public that our best bet is to destroy our prosperity, just as they convinced us before to destroy our security. via pdavidhornik.typepad.com
The limited number of government licenses to broadcast is part of the demise of the same government. I’m not an insider here, but it makes a lot of sense.