One late July evening, more than 20,000 middle class Israelis skipped the finale of their version of American Idol to attend a demonstration protesting the rising cost of housing. Today in Tablet Magazine, Etgar Keret wonders whether that large demographic will organize itself with a clear enough message to enact change.

Meanwhile, young Israelis have descended on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv, sleeping in tents to protest increased costs of living. Daniella Cheslow roams the improvised tent-city and finds lively discussion of civil society and efforts to change public discourse.

In the Middle

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