Sam Lehman-Wilzig
The social contract (workers) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2012 17:33
Sam Lehman-WilzigSam Lehman-Wilzig

Here are two headlines from the same day a couple of months ago: “Local authorities the biggest users of contract workers” (Ha’aretz, English edition); “Government payroll cuts can carry hidden costs - U.S. states are shifting to contract workers, who are paid much less” (The New York Times).

Solidarity and individualism PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 January 2012 02:46
Sam Lehman-WilzigSam Lehman-WilzigBowe Bergdahl. Does this name ring a bell with you? Probably not. Therein lies a major difference between Israeli and American society. Bear with me – I’ll get to Sgt. Bergdahl in a moment.
American holidays in Israel PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 January 2012 02:47

Sam Lehman-WilzigSam Lehman-WilzigNo, this column will not be offering vacation tips for American tourists in Israel. Rather, to commemorate the U.S. holiday season just ended, I want to answer a question the editor of this newspaper asked me: Do former Americans living in Israel still celebrate U.S. holidays?

Religious liberty? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 December 2011 00:46

Sam Lehman-WilzigSam Lehman-Wilzig

We all know the story of Hanukkah and its underlying message – or do we?


Problems may be Democratic, not demographic PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 December 2011 04:30

For years, Israelis have been hearing about the “Demographic Threat” – or as the more strident extremists like to put it, the “Arab Womb Bomb.” There are two aspects to this claim: what’s going on inside Israel, and what’s happening in the administered territories. Here I will focus on the former. Regarding the latter, suffice it to say for now that whatever numbers you read about or hear coming from the Palestinians should be taken with bucketsful (not grains) of salt, given that there is a constant exodus of Palestinians overseas, mostly for economic reasons.

At the beginning, the demographic problem looked dire: When Israel declared independence in May 1948, the number of Arabs and Jews in Israel proper was roughly equal, 600,000 for each side. By the time the War of Independence ended, there were only about 150,000 Arabs left and the mass immigration of Jews would soon commence – doubling the Jewish population in the ensuing four years alone!

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