While Israel is a technologically-advanced, modern nation, almost 25% of all Israelis—over 1.7 million people including over 900,000 children—live at or below the poverty line. This is one of the highest rates among all developed nations.
As worldwide anti-Semitism increases, immigration to Israel is on the rise, bringing new olim (immigrants) who often arrive with only the clothes on their backs, and with few financial assets or transferable skills. This is adding to the rising number of poor and needy.
Maintaining the fragile security of Israel is a burden that comes at great cost in both lives and resources. The high price of national defense leaves few government social services left to help the poor. The people of Israel have called out for help.
has answered with hope
and comfort...for the
restoration of Israel