Israelis protest cost of living
August 6th, 2011
07:07 PM ET

Israelis protest cost of living

Some quarter of a million Israelis took to the streets Saturday night in protests against the mounting cost of living for the middle class in one of the largest social outcries in Israeli history.

Marching under the slogan, "the people ask for social justice," students, young families and older Israelis called for the Israeli government to rethink financial reforms that they say have squeezed the middle class.

"Everybody who works ... doesn't have enough money to survive," a demonstrator told CNN. She accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of giving tax money "to the tycoons and to the rich people and nothing comes (back) to us."

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  1. HIKER

    You are who your around and Netanyahu is no different! Most if not all the world leaders have their own game that they play with OUR MONEY!

    August 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rachel Golem

    The good news, unlike Syrians and Libyans, Jews will not be shooting each other in the street.

    August 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Phantom VI

    I've met many Israelis, but I've never met a poor one.

    August 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ReasonNOTIdeology

      then you've NEVER been to Israel. but ignorance is not an excuse.

      August 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. michaelfury

    August 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    Enemy within???

    August 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sherriw

    Wow! I thought America was in bad shape. Isreal too. Has the world gone mad! Boo hoo hoo!;-]Leaders.

    August 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sherriw

    Few with big fat Golden nest egg. More without nothing...SAD! SAD! SAD! Whatever happened to money being distributed? I guess humanity is out the window since MONEY/GREED seem to be the new agenda. Tragic!

    August 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    well, we're not alone I see! This must be the trend with world leaders these days, take from the working class & give to the already prosperous rich! Will this be us in a few months, protesting the cutting of social programs, the only thing keeping food on the table!?

    August 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Zohan

    I will get you Phantom.. I mean fatoush..

    August 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    @Zohan: I am a black belt in karate. HA YA!

    August 7, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Phantom VI

    @ Zohan:
    I also have never eaten fried pita with vegetables.
    I am not Levantine at all.

    August 7, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. galileo

    Welcome to my world as the song goes

    August 7, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |

    maybe they should shop at walmart... the have everything a human needs to survive..

    August 7, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam Walton

      We ain't got errthing.. You can't buy love at Walmart.. *Teardrop*

      August 7, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sancy 55.23 ct

    You can buy a diamond, and that will get you some loving.
    Diamonds are a girl's best friend.

    August 7, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Blanche Devereaux

    Well I do declare if any man bought me a diamond from Walmart I would show him to the bedroom then show him the door. What kind of cheap trollop would he take me for if I accepted such a cheap piece of glass?

    August 7, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
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