The OECD has released a report that faults Israel when it comes to providing adequate social services (old age, disability, illness, loss of work, etc.) to its residents.
Less than 10% of Israelis believe that in the event of loss of income or work capacity, the state will provide them with adequate social support, While 80% are absolutely certain that this will not happen.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a forum for governments to share experiences and seek solutions to common economic and social problems. Thirty-four countries developed countries take part in their important work including; the United States, Canada, and Australia.
According to the report, all citizens in Western countries are dissatisfied with their countries social service programs. They do not believe in the equitable distribution of aid and believe that bureaucracy is a big hurdle to overcome. However, in none of the OECD countries does the percentage of citizens who are certain that it is impossible to obtain sufficient state support reaches 80%.
In the United States, 30% of its population relies on social services, with 40% of those people are certain that they do not receive adequate social assistance from the state when needed. Since the United States is by no means a socialist state, the contrast with Israel is striking.
More so, 75% of Israelis believe that despite the high taxes they pay the state does not give them the benefits they are entitled to.
Israelis attitudes towards raising the taxes on the rich in order to increase aid to the poor are on par with the United States. The report states that 70% of Israelis and Americans support the increase in taxation of the richest and the redistribution of funds for the poor.