Social and Economic Security
The following is taken from Yisrael Beytenu’s official platform, written ahead of the 2009 elections.
Social strength is a sine qua non for national strength, and there is a direct relationship between the degree of economical security of the individual and the smooth running of a modern society. When the social and economic foundations of the state are at risk of collapse, the stability of the state itself stands at risk.
The main problem of the Israeli economy is a lack of vision – a lack of a clearly articulated philosophy that protects the interests of the Israeli public and of the economy in general. Good leadership in general and economic leadership in particular require one to view matters from a bird’s eye perspective. However it seems that economic policy in Israel is not always set on the macro level, according to clear goals, but rather on the micro level, to put out brush fires, as it were, usually around the time of the setting of the budget in the Knesset or after a seemingly unexpected security-related event. The correct approach is to identify in the needs of the public and the demands of the Israeli economy and implement a solution in advance of any crisis.
Yisrael Beytenu’s economic agenda simultaneously embraces both social compassion and the notion of a free economy and sees itself as committed to the doctrine of Zeev Jabotinsky, who believed that the state must supply food, clothing, shelter, education, and health care for those who cannot do so for themselves. A well functioning state, especially a Jewish state, must act with great consideration toward those who can neither meet their own needs nor conduct an effective struggle for their rights. The solidarity and strength of society as a whole depends on the degree of support given to its weaker members.
At the same time, Yisrael Beytenu firmly believes that the government must support and encourage the growth of the economy. This support would not conflict with the principles of social compassion – on the contrary, a state must have a strong and flourishing economy in order to provide for the weaker populations.