Poll: 86% of Israelis are happy with their lives
Surprisingly, the issue of personal safety in public was only No. 8 on the list. The survey found that 73% of Israelis felt a high level of safety when walking in their own neighborhoods after dark, with 84% of men and 63% of women saying they felt safe. Rishon Lezion, outside Tel Aviv, was ranked the safest city, with 78% of its residents saying they felt very safe. Tel Aviv came second, with 75% of its residents saying they felt very safe, followed by Beersheba (69%), Haifa (67%), and Petach Tikva (67%).
Rishon Lezion also starred in the rankings for the country's cleanest cities, with 70% of its residents satisfied that their streets were spick and span, compared to 54% of Haifa residents and 53% of Tel Avivians saying the same about their own towns. In Bat Yam, just south of Tel Aviv, only 44% of residents felt that the city was sufficiently tidy. The same percentage felt this way in Bnei Brak. Petach Tikva passed the white glove test of only 43% of its residents, and the capital, Jerusalem, was sufficiently clean in the eyes of only 35% of the people who live there.
The report also revealed that the average life span in Israel has reached a record 82.1 years, with Israel ranked seventh in the world for life expectancy. Since 2002, the average life expectancy for women has risen by 3.2 years to 84.1, while the average life expectancy for men has risen 3.6 years to 80.3.
"The theory of trickle-down [economics] has failed in the world, mainly in countries where there is a high level of inequality, like Israel. It's clear that the more we close the gaps, the more we increase growth. We are transferring from the strong to the weak so they will consume and increase economic growth," Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabai said at the official event marking the report's publication.
"We need to worry about [economic] growth, because if there's no growth, there's nothing. We will use this report as a tool. Every issue brought to the government should be tied to these parameters. If we put through a reform and it doesn't affect them, it doesn't have any effect on life in Israel. The government should work according to these criteria."