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2017 Annual Assessment

  • Strong consumer demand in Israel may have been occasioned by impending changes in regulations with resulting indications of declining consumer confidence.
  • Israel’s hi-tech sector remains its principal engine of growth but is limited by the supply of adequately trained personnel, thus raising concerns about its sustainability.
  • Educational access and achievement, differentials in wealth, and protectionism in domestic markets remain areas of policy concern.
  • Israel’s continuing housing crunch puts a squeeze on the young and those in the lower and middle portions of the income distribution, with effects going beyond issues of housing alone.