Eli Paley, Chairman of the Haredi Institute for Public Affairs gave a presentation at the conference on employment and housing issues in the haredi sector. The Eli Hurvitz conference, a highlight on the calendar of the Israel Democracy Institute, includes various sessions which analyze demographic and global trends and their socio-political implications on the Israeli government. Paley spoke during the first day’s morning session entitled: “Developing a Long-Term Socio-Economic Strategy in Israel”.  

In his speech, Paley presented demographic data showing the expected growth of the haredi sector in the coming decades. The data shows that currently, the haredi population comprises 22% of Israeli society and this number will rise steadily in the coming years.  

Paley referred to the gap between the official stats on poverty in the haredi sector and the stats that show a low percentage of people who feel that they are experiencing poverty. He said this can be an example of the need to read the map correctly in order to lead to strategic planning. “When we want to plan strategically for a population, we must understand its matrix. When we try to solve a problem, we must first understand what the problem is. If you try to solve the poverty problem, and the population you’re reaching doesn’t acknowledge such a poverty problem, you don’t have the necessary motivation to cause the population to take part in the processes.”   

In relation to the subject of strategic planning, Eli said that “Research institutes need to think strategically and we need the government to be part of the process. At our Institute, we intend for the government to be part of the strategic planning process. Not only because the relevant government offices have a great deal of accumulated information, but also because if you want your plan to be actualized you need to have whoever will actualize it to partake in the planning. Equally important is the involvement of the relevant sector. Only when we get all the relevant parties involved together, can we maximize the planning.”  

Link to coverage by the Baltimore Jewish Times