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PATRICK MARTIN

Why illiteracy may be the greatest threat to Israel’s survival

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was enormously proud when Israel was admitted to the OECD club of developed nations in 2010 – it was a sign that Israel had arrived.

“Joining is like receiving a university degree,” a beaming Mr. Netanyahu told reporters. “It’s a seal of approval.”

How ironic that he chose an academic achievement as a metaphor for OECD membership – according to a study released this week by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, the standard of Israeli education is in steep decline.