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President Peres, You Have the Floor

Last original Labor Zionist standing speaks out about wealth inequality

by
Marc Tracy
July 12, 2012
President Peres speaking at the French embassy today.(Jack Guez/AFP/GettyImages)

President Peres speaking at the French embassy today.(Jack Guez/AFP/GettyImages)

From today:

We sometimes feel as though we have fallen into a poverty trap. This country is rich, but there are many poor people in it, and it is impermissible that in such a prosperous country so many people will suffer from poverty. This is a phenomenon that should weigh on the conscience of every decent person in Israel and we must not allow poverty to be passed down the generations.

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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