Sderot Conference 2012
The economic slowdown that Israel entered this year is reflected by the findings. The 35% of respondents reporting layoffs at their workplace is double the 18% figure from last year, while 78% believe there is a high level of corruption - the highest since 2006.
The survey, conducted by the committee for measuring social resilience, is designed to measure how Israelis feel about six aspects of their lives: belonging and solidarity, economic capability, employment security, access to social rights, trust in public systems,and corruption in the public sphere.
Meanwhile, 57% of respondents said their family income allowed them a reasonable standard of living, a figure level with previous surveys. But only 9% said their income provided a high standard of living, down from 16% in 2011. Also, 56% of respondents said economic issues had the greatest impact on them, while 16% said it was the security situation. In 2011 only 39% cited economic issues as the main public concern. This year's survey was conducted in September, before the military escalation in the south and Operation Pillar of Defense.
The survey also indicates a deterioration of working conditions for salaried employees compared to 2011 by non-wage parameters like sick days and vacation days. Only 54% of respondents said the chances of them leaving Israel were remote. "The conference acknowledges solidarity and security in the social framework as the leading elements in forging national resilience," says Uzi Dayan, who founded the Sderot conference.
By Hila Weissberg