Daniel Ben Simon

Israeli tanks in a staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip, Aug. 7, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/ Amir Cohen)

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Israel's budget favors defense over poverty

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 | Daniel Ben Simon, Contributor

Israel's fronts are less threatened by real powers than ever before, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is increasing the defense budget over alleviating poverty and dealing with the cost of living and housing.

Israel braces for conflict as Yom Kippur, Eid al-Adha coincide

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 | Daniel Ben Simon, Contributor

With this year's Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha falling on the same day, Jewish and Arab leaders are pleading with the two sides not to repeat past clashes and allow each other to observe the holy day peacefully.

Israelis feel betrayed by celebrity rabbi’s corruption

Friday, Sep. 26, 2014 | Daniel Ben Simon, Contributor

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto's plea bargain has exposed the extent of abuse by Israel's popular rabbis, some of whom have made hundreds of millions of shekels in donations from their followers.

The gentrification of Tel Aviv

Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 | Daniel Ben Simon, Contributor

In 1948, several hundred families were sent to settle a piece of land on the northern outskirts of Tel Aviv, but today the land is valued at billions of shekels and the residents battle a real-estate tycoon over eviction.

How much money goes to Israel's settlements each year?

Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 | Daniel Ben Simon, Contributor

A new report reveals the disparities in government spending between the settlements and the towns in the country’s periphery, reflecting Israel's policy priorities since the 1967 Six Day War.

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Daniel Ben Simon is a former Knesset member from the Labor Party. Prior to his political career, he was a journalist with the Israeli dailies Haaretz and Davar. Ben Simon has written four books on Israeli society and is the recipient of the Sokolov Prize, an Israeli journalism award.

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