Trajtenberg Report: Blatant insult

Harsh criticism was leveled today (27/9 against a report submitted by the govermental Trajtenberg Committee, which was tasked with formulating a new socioeconomic agenda. In a press conference in Tel Aviv, social protest leaders and experts on their behalf slammed the committee’s recommendations.

Leef, one of the social protest leaders

 Daphni Leef, one of the leaders, described the report as a “blatant insult.”

“What have the citizens of Israel gotten? A reexamination of the cooking gas market? The committee played us.”

Leef said the recommendations did not address the distress of single mothers, the homeless, the contract workers “and all the people this protest tried to represent.”

“We’re not looking back, we’re looking ahead, the summer of 2011 is over, but our protest continues.”

Professor Yossi Yona said at the press conference: “We are at a crucial stage in the protest and offering an outline for a practical change of our society, which suffers from serious ailments. Repairing society cannot be based on narrow solutions.”

Student Union Chairman Itzik Shmuli rejected the committee’s recommendations and said: “It has to be said clearly – this committee had the chance to effect change, but this chance was missed.”

Yesterday, the Trajtenberg Committee submitted its report to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.