The Kibbutz in Crisis
DESPITE THE FACT that the Israeli kibbutz is in some ways an ideal place to live and work-that it offers absolute social security and even in many cases a relatively high standard of physical comfort-the collective settlements have for some years now been suffering from a shortage of manpower. This shortage is what lies behind the crisis that the kibbutzim are undergoing today-the famous crisis that has stirred up so much heat in the settlements themselves as well as in all branches of the Israeli press. An effort has been made to offset the manpower shortage by an increase in machinery, but it has met with only partial success; the most modern combine cannot make up for the waning enthusiasm for kibbutz life among the young people of Israel. Today even the high-school-educated sabras, brought up in the youth movements that helped found some of the kibbutzim, often leave their settlements after only a few years.
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