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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.

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