Report: More than 800,000 Israeli children live under poverty line

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Poverty levels in Israel in 2012 were slightly lower than in previous years, though about a third of the children in the country—817,000—are living in poverty, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Insurance Institute.

About 817,000 Israeli children -- a third of the population of Israeli children -- are living in poverty. Credit: Wikimedia Commons (illustrative).

The number of Israeli families living under the poverty line dropped by 19.4 percent, to about 440,000, the report said.

Additionally, the report showed a small increase in the number of families living under the poverty line despite having working parents. Some 5 percent of all families under the poverty line claimed two working parents.

Conversely, the report signaled a positive trend in that the disposable income per capita in Israel increased in real terms by 10.9 percent.

Posted on December 18, 2013 .