Jewish Journal


August 25, 2011

Doctors in Israel end strike amid economic protests


Doctors in Israel ended a strike on Thursday that had hamstrung the public health sector for nearly half a year, relieving some pressure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who faces an unprecedented wave of cost of living protests nationwide.

The doctors strike, which focused on low wages and a shortage of positions, played a big part in drawing hundreds of thousands of Israelis to the streets in recent weeks to demand from the government sweeping economic reforms.

Israeli media said the public sector strike had been the longest in Israel’s history and perhaps peaked when hundreds of medical residents threatened to quit their jobs.

The finance ministry said in a statement the deal it signed with the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) included significant pay increases and a thousand new spots for doctors in the public sector.

“This agreement addresses all the real and serious problems in the health sector,” said Leonid Eidelman, head of the IMA who had gone on a hunger strike for over a week when negotiations with the government hit a dead end. “Today, the health sector embarks on a new path.”

Leaders of the broader protest, who have a list of demands from the government that includes it acts to lower housing prices and increase competition in the economy, are planning further demonstrations throughout Israel this weekend.

Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch

JewishJournal.com is produced by TRIBE Media Corp., a non-profit media company whose mission is to inform, connect and enlighten community
through independent journalism. TRIBE Media produces the 150,000-reader print weekly Jewish Journal in Los Angeles – the largest Jewish print
weekly in the West – and the monthly glossy Tribe magazine (TribeJournal.com). Please support us by clicking here.

© Copyright 2016 Tribe Media Corp.
All rights reserved. JewishJournal.com is hosted by Nexcess.net
Web Design & Development by Hop Studios 0.1731 / 41