Life in Modern Israel 2009 Israel became a state in 1948 created by the UN. A war immediately broke out with the Arabs and the Israelis gained even more land. Since ’48 there have been many wars and Israel is surrounded by hostile states and in firing range from Iran. The Israelis take that for granted and say, En Baya—no problem. Yet everyone has lost family members in these wars.
114 kibbutzim send their carrots to this plant to be washed, sorted and sent out to Russia—about 30 tons a day. The plant is open 24 hours and a worker can earn up to 8000 shekels which is about 2000 dollars, a good salary for an Israeli.
A kibbutz is communal living and these villages were set up in the 1930’s as a way of sharing farm equipment and all other services. The houses are very simple but food is very cheap and there is a dining hall and lots of child care. Also, someone takes care of the cars and the laundry. Everyone works hard but life is simple