21.2 percent of Israeli population live in poverty, figures show

The National Insurance Institute of Israel (NII) said on Tuesday that about 30 percent of the Israeli children up to the age of 18, or 841,700, live in poverty.

In addition, about 21.2 percent of the Israeli population live in poverty, while 469,400 households, or 18 percent of the Israeli households, live in poverty, according to an annual report released by NII.

The incidence of poverty among elderly-headed households (women over 60 and men over 65) is 23.4 percent, while the incidence of poverty among elderly people is 18.8 percent.

In addition, the Gini index, which measures income inequality by disposable income, increased by 1.1 percent after many years of decrease.

However, the condition of the Israeli poor population has improved, with the indicators of poverty depth and severity falling by 4.9 percent and 4.1 percent, respectively.

The report also shows a decrease in the poverty rate among Jewish immigrants living in Israel but a widening gap between men and women.

Notably, the growth of the Israeli economy and the increase in employment and wages led to an increase in the standard of living, which increased the disposable financial income per capita and the poverty line derived from it, according to the authors of the report.