Israeli society accepts its obligation to extend the necessary support – the current programs designed to meet this need receive appreciable public funding. But they are nevertheless inadequate in several respects.
This study presents the advantages of a proposed Threshold Fund from which assistance should be disbursed to young people at the start of their independent life-path. The scheme calls for major changes in the mechanics of government assistance for young people, in the areas of housing, post-secondary education – both higher and vocational – and initial establishment as a self-employed breadwinner. To keep the proposed scheme within reasonable budgetary limits it is suggested that initially only discharged soldiers enjoy eligibility.
This paper appears as a chapter in the Center’s annual publication, Israel’s Outlays for Human Services 1984, and is available upon request.