Friday, April 20, 2018

Rothschild Jewish Control Of Old England,City of London,Modern UK,USA

People's World Apr 19, 2018

The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States. This recent documentary film has a long title, but its terse 84 minutes are packed with riveting images and information. The last four words of the title are key: In no other country in the world do its political, religious, ethnic, racial and cultural, ideological, technical, military and financial factors collude so powerfully as here.
Media, public spokespersons and politicians in other countries are nowhere near so vulnerable to intimidation when it comes to asking probing questions about Israel’s policies toward Arabs in its Occupied Territories—Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. None of these areas has ever been acknowledged as legitimate, final-agreement Israeli land by any other nation, except for President Trump’s recent breach of international protocol when, without nuance or qualification, he named Jerusalem the capital of Israel and promised to relocate the American embassy there.
The film is narrated by Roger Waters, bassist and songwriter of the band Pink Floyd, and a prominent backer of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid, for which he is now under attack. A revealing interview that Israeli journalist Gideon Levy conducted with Waters in Haaretzclearly indicates that Waters’ issue is not with Israel’s right to exist as a nation but with apartheid and Occupation.........................................



Lord Rothschild and Boris Johnson.

There are as many different types of Jew as there are different types of Italian.

The Kosher Nostra Jews are fans of Leo Strauss, who believed that "an elite should use deception, religious fervor and perpetual war to control the credulous population."

The Israelification of British and American society..

Most of the Jews I have known are lovely, friendly, decent people.


British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli wrote about an alliance of aristocratic 'Anglo-Saxons' and aristocratic 'Jews' ruling the world.

"There is one man who can properly be regarded as the father of Zionism and Nazism: Benjamin Disraeli.

"Disraeli called for an Aryan-Semitic alliance to form an organized superior 'Caucasian race' that was destined to rule the world..."

How Britain's Biggest Racists Created Zionism by Mark Burdman

"In 1877, the British Prime Minister, Disraeli, wrote a blueprint for a Zionist state in Palestine under British rule."

How Britain's Biggest Racists Created Zionism

Osama bin Laden at Oxford (on the right). The crypto-Jew Osama bin Laden lived for a time in London. 'Bin Laden was the financier and logistics expert for the CIA's fighters in Afghanistan. Bin Laden made commission on transactions, and this money was laundered by the Jewish Russian Mafia.' Drugs, Oil, and War

The Jews are reported to have arrived in England in 1066 with William the Conqueror.

According to From Domesday Book to Magna Carta (1951):

(The Edict of Expulsion of 1290, expelling the Jews from England):

"As usurers ... they had gained a strangle-hold on the recently founded monastic houses whose splendid buildings they had financed, and on many of the smaller aristocratic families..."

Allegedly, Jews took part in the ritual murder of Christian children. 

(Jews expelled from England)

Sir Leon Brittan, a Lithuanian Jew, who was in charge of MI5.

Officially, the Jews were expelled from England in 1290 in the reign of King Edward I.

However, there is evidence of an established Jewish community in London after 1290. 

(Oliver Cromwell - Cromwell and the Jews)

Robert Cecil - King James I's spy master

According to Dr John Coleman: "The Jewish Cecil family ... had controlled the British monarchy since a Cecil became the private secretary and lover of Queen Elizabeth." 

The Jewish Lord Cecil organised the Gunpowder Plot, the false flag involving Guy Fawkes.



Officially, the Jews were readmitted in 1656 by Cromwell.

The Amsterdam based Rabbi, Menasseh ben Israel, is credited with organising this.

Reportedly, in 1656, Cromwell let 300 Jews return. 

In the late 19th century, there was mass immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe.


The UK's Archibald Ramsay was an 'extreme' right wing opponent of 'Jewish' communism and the alleged Jewish campaign for world domination. 

In the 1930s, Ramsay was allied with those top people who were fans of Franco in Spain and Hitler in Germany.

Apparently, Ramsay did not realise that the top Nazis were Jewish. 


The members of the Establishment who were opposed to Ramsay included influential communists and Jews. 

"Lord Victor Rothschild ... made Churchill's decisions, including the bombing of the food trains into the concentration camps, and the continued strafing of the inmates. Rothschild is on record as saying: 'There will be no room in the new country for shnorrers' (poor Jews)." The Truth Seeker - The Biggest Secret of World War II

The Nazi Jews are said to have put the shnorrers into concentration camps.



Ramsay believed that alleged Jewish manipulation of the British Establishment dated back at least to the time of Oliver Cromwell.

According to Archibald Ramsay, in his 1952 book "The Nameless War," Oliver Cromwell acted as a paid agent of certain Jews who conspired with him to topple King Charles I. 

According to an article, based on Ramsay's book, entitled: 'How the Jews stole Britain' (Cached): 

When Charles I was in dispute with Parliament, a Jewish 'Money-Baron' in Holland, named Manasseh Ben Israel, had his agents contact Oliver Cromwell.

They offered him large sums of money if he would overthrow the British monarchy.

Manasseh Ben Israel, and other German and French moneylenders, financed Cromwell. 

Manasseh Ben Israel 
Fernandez Carvajal of Portugal, often referred to as The Great Jew, became Cromwell’s Chief Military Contractor. 
( There is said to be a cousinhood which includes the Montefiore/Carvajal, Rothschild, Rockefeller, Oppenheimer, Goldsmid, Sassoon, Warburg, Samuel, Franklin, Stern, Cohen, Schiff, Morgan, and Lazard families. MONTEFIORE FAMILY / THE GLOBALISTS - The Global Elite.)

The head of 'the Jewish underground' in England at that time was a Jew named De Souze, who became Portuguese Ambassador to England.

The Jewish plotters introduced Calvinism into England to split Church and State, and divide the people.

Calvinism is of Jewish origin. 
Calvin’s real name was Cohen. 
When he went from Geneva to France he became known as Cauin. Then in England it became Calvin. 
At the B’nai B’rith celebrations held in Paris, France, in 1936, Calvin, was enthusiastically acclaimed to have been of Jewish descent.

The Jews organized armed mobs to aggravate every situation.

Isaac Disraeli, 1766- 1848, father of Benjamin Disraeli, refers to this in his 'The Life of Charles II'.

He remarks that he obtained information from the records of Melchior de Salem, a Jew, who was French Envoy to the British Government at that time. 

Disraeli draws attention to the similarity between the British and the French revolutions.

Lord Alfred Douglas edited a weekly review called Plain English. 

In an article, in the issue of 3 September 1921, he explained how his friend, L.D. Van Valckert of Amsterdam, had come into possession of a volume of records of the Synagogue of Muljeim. 

One entry, dated 16 June 1647 reads : From O.C. (i.e. Oliver Cromwell) to Ebenezer Pratt.

"In return for financial support will advocate admission of Jews to England. This however impossible while Charles living. 

"Charles cannot be executed without trial, adequate grounds for which do not at present exist. 

"Therefore advise that Charles be assassinated, but will have nothing to do with arrangements for procuring an assassin, though willing to help in his escape."

In reply to this dispatch the records show E. Pratt wrote a letter dated July 12th, 1647 addressed to Oliver Cromwell.

"Will grant financial aid as soon as Charles removed, and Jews admitted. 

"Assassination too dangerous. 

"Charles should be given an opportunity to escape. 

"His recapture will then make trial and execution possible. The support will be liberal, but useless to discuss terms until trial commences."

Charles I 

On November 12th 1647, Charles I was given the opportunity to escape.

He was recaptured.

The majority in Parliament, on 5 December 1648, agreed 'That the concessions offered by the king were satisfactory to a settlement.'

Cromwell ordered Colonel Pryde to purge Parliament of those members who had voted

in favour of a settlement with the King.

The conspirators couldn’t find an English lawyer who would draw up a criminal charge against King Charles.

Alleged top child abuser Greville Janner (left) and fellow top Jewish leaders.

Carvajal instructed a Jew, Isaac Dorislaus, Manasseh Ben Israel’s Agent in England, to draw up the indictment upon which King Charles was tried. 

Charles was found guilty of the charges levelled against him by the International Jewish money-lenders. 
On January 30th, 1649, he was beheaded. 
The Jewish money-lenders had had their revenge because Edward I had expelled the Jews from England. 
Oliver Cromwell received his Blood-Money.

Jennie Jerome
Winston Churchill's mother was Jewish.

'Cunning, no doubt, came to Churchill in the Jewish genes transmitted by his mother Lady Randolph Churchill , née Jenny Jacobson/Jerome.' - Moshe Kohn, Jerusalem Post.

Famous British Jews include:
Dominic Lawson (said to be linked to MI6) (aangirfan: Dominic Lawson, Con Coughlin and MI6)
James Goldsmith (said to be linked to Lady Diana) (aangirfan: PRINCE WILLIAM'S JEWISH MENTOR, WHO HAS LINKS TO 9 11)
Lord Victor Rothschild (linked to MI6 and said to have given nuclear secrets to Israel) (aangirfan: MI5 and MI6)
Bernard Lewis (alleged spy who helped invent the Clash of Civilisations) (aangirfan: Bernard Lewis: one of the secret rulers of the world?)
Sigmund Warburg (aangirfan: Wiseman, Warburg, Cecil and World War)
Keith Joseph (aangirfan: Margaret Thatcher's Jewish links)
The Sassoons (said to be linked to the drugs trade) (aangirfan: ISRAELIS, DRUGS AND TERROR IN GOA)
Edwina Currie (linked to John Major) (aangirfan: Sex Scandals)
Robert Maxwell (said to be linked to Mossad and Donald Trump). (nona-people: The 'Jewish Conspiracy' in the UK)

"If you’re on the biggest kind of job and are bound to get to the real boss, ten to one you are brought up against a little, white-faced Jew in a bath-chair, with an eye like a rattlesnake."


On 18 October 2010, Suraci wrote about Another 911 for the tribe 

According to Suraci: 
Cromwell's siege of Drogheda, in Ireland, took place in September 1649 at the beginning of Cromwell's conquest of Ireland.

According to Wikipedia, the date was 11 September 1649.

Cromwell - dictator of Britain from 1653-58 

Oliver Cromwell was the typical Christian soldier-politician.
"During his lifetime, some tracts painted him as a hypocrite motivated by power [84] " (Oliver Cromwell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )

Oliver Cromwell and other parliamentary leaders have been "presented as... sexual deviants, even paedophiles." 
(X * The Later Seventeenth Century -- Steggle et al. 85 (1): 513 ... )

At the siege of Drogheda in September 1649, Oliver Cromwell massacred nearly 3,500 people, including civilians, after the town's capture.[29]

Drogheda in Ireland, 1649.
At the Siege of Wexford in October, another massacre took place, with up to 1,500 civilians murdered by Cromwell's men.[30]

At Drogheda, a group of defenders barricaded themselves in Millmount Fort. They negotiated a surrender, but were then disarmed and killed.

The slave trade is said to have Jewish links. (Slave Trade - Jewish Slave Ship Owners)
Cromwell sent some of the Irish to the West Indies.
Sir William Petty wrote in his The Political Anatomy of Ireland (1672) 
( • View topic - Oliver Cromwell was a Pimp and Child ...):
"Widows and orphans... were kidnapped and transported by the slave trading merchants of Bristol..."

From the site • View topic - Oliver Cromwell was a Pimp and Child ..., we learn:

"Cromwell had been informed that Englishmen in the West Indies had 'only Negresses and Maroon women to solace them,' as Cromwell's son Henry put it.

"Cromwell's puritan sensibilities did not hinder him from jumping to supply the colonists lust for fresh young white flesh - and making a good profit to boot.

"A Captain John Vernon, for example, was employed by the Commissioners for Ireland to kidnap 250 Irish girls around twelve years of age and transport them to Barbados.

"Once in Barbados they were raped by their English 'masters'and, later, forced to breed with Black men - as the English officers found the Irish girls 'cold' and they needed to be whipped into submission, where 'half caste' girls, who had been trained to their perversions from childhood, were much more to the English taste.

"It's estimated that tens of thousands of Irish children, both boys and girls, were kidnapped to supply this vile trade."

In 1661, Cromwell's corpse was removed from Westminster Abbey and then dangled from a gibbet at Tyburn. His head was displayed on a spike for 20 years.
It's Rich Jew Eat Poor Jew In Jerusalem,Israel


How did Israel get so expensive?


 JANUARY 6, 2018

Residue from who-knows-what lined the bottom of the faded red basket-on-wheels, foreboding an unpleasant trip to his local Shufersal, which Lawrence always dreads.

Look how dirty it is,” LiAmi Lawrence remarked as we took a plastic cart at the Shufersal “Sheli” on Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv. “They don’t even bother cleaning them.” 

This immigrant of three years from Los Angeles joined me for an informal price survey of supermarket staples to understand how grocery prices and, by extension, the cost of living, have become disproportionately high in Israel compared to other Western countries.

But prices weren’t the only downer. The entire consumer experience made Lawrence even more convinced of the necessity of his work: leading an organization called “Keep Olim in Israel” to assist new immigrants with hassles, troubles and complications that often eject them out of a country they so wanted to love. He showed me a hand-written list of more than 150 friends and acquaintances who left the country in the last two years (including me).

“Israel’s not holding onto its citizens, especially new immigrants, because of the low pay and high expenses,” he said, explaining how difficulty in making a living ranks as the No. 1 reason why olim leave. 

Lawrence started the group out of his own frustrations.

He came with great Zionist love only to find himself unemployed, in debt, blowing his savings on a small one-bedroom flat on Ben-Yehuda Street for NIS 4,600 per month. He’s too old to live with roommates, and lack of efficient, fast public transportation makes it impractical for him to live outside the city center. He earns about NIS 7,000 a month, less than the Central Bureau of Statistics’ stated national monthly average, which hovers over NIS 10,000 – a statistic he doesn’t trust.

We pushed the dirty cart to the aisle that has become emblematic of Israel’s high cost of living: dairy products.

The “cottage cheese protest” of 2011 made international headlines, triggered by angry consumers upset about the 45% increase in the price of cottage cheese over the span of three years.

Israelis took to social media and the streets. In 2014, Israel’s “Milky” brand chocolate pudding whipped up the issue again, much to the chagrin of some Israeli parliamentarians and patriots.

An Israeli living in Berlin posted on Facebook a Berlin grocery receipt, encouraging Israelis to move to the German capital of all places (like I did almost two years ago) because, after all, Milky in Israel is three times more expensive than in Germany.

Almost seven years and a few post-protest Knesset committees later, Israel has not gotten much cheaper, at least when it comes to dairy products and groceries.

At Lawrence’s Shufersal, cottage cheese goes for NIS 5.70. A cup of Yoplait yogurt goes for NIS 5.20. (At a NIS 3.50 to the dollar, that’s $1.50.) 

“In America, how much does yogurt cost? 60 cents? 75 cents?” A cursory look online confirms his estimation.

We move on to other staples: cleaning supplies, toothpaste, canned goods. Almost a third of the store is on sale, begging the question: Why doesn’t the market mark down prices from the outset? Four cans of Starkist tuna: down from NIS 30 to NIS 24.90. A pack of 30 Pampers brand diapers down from NIS 51.90 to NIS 39.90. Adidas- brand deodorant: NIS 28.70. A box of Kleenex tissues: NIS 11.80.

“$3 for 75 tissues,” remarks Lawrence. “It’s just insane… Let’s look at rice and pasta because that’s what poor people feed themselves with.” At least in this aisle, he hopes the local brands would cost no more than a dollar (NIS 3.60), but a pack of Osem spaghetti goes for NIS 6.70 compared to the Barilla brand at NIS 7.90.

Cereal aisle at an Israeli supermarket (Reuters)Cereal aisle at an Israeli supermarket (Reuters)

When I crowd-sourced for a virtual “man-on-the-street” survey on the “Keep Olim in Israel” Facebook page, which often serves as the “water cooler” for new immigrants to dish on their problems, some olim came to Israel’s defense.

– But Israelis are taxed to pay for defense.

– But Jewish education is free.

– But medical care is significantly better and cheaper.

– But mobile phone plans are affordable.

Still, the kvetching came full force through some 120 comments. Someone posted a receipt from Tesco, the UK supermarket, for about £8 spent on deli meats, cheese, rolls and water. Members cited other goods in which prices are more than double than in their countries of origin: cars and gas, wine and beer, restaurants and cafes. Topping the list: real estate. Someone complained about the rising cost of this newspaper and dared me to print it. (I’ll add: writer budgets are decreasing.) 

An informal price comparison would not be complete without a walk through a Berlin supermarket, where about a week later I met Gilad Alper, an Israeli economist and member of the advisory board of the Finance Ministry who happened to be on a company retreat in Berlin with the Petah Tikva-based Excellence Nessuah Brokerage, where he serves as head researcher. At Lidl, among Germany’s most popular discount supermarket chains, this free-market advocate identified the main culprit for exorbitant grocery costs in Israel: the government. More specifically, taxes, tariffs and regulations. Israel’s economy, he said, is the most regulated in the Western world.

In the district of Mitte, we pushed the sparkling, metal cart over the spotless tiles. Some of the prices astounded him more than he expected.

A packet of romaine lettuce: 80 cents. A pack of frozen fries: 60 cents. A liter and a half of water: 19 cents. A packet of lox: €2.79. (Yogurt here starts at 30 cents and 34 Pampers go for about €5.) 

“It’s annoying because there is just no reason for it to be like that,” Alper said, explaining how Israel exacts hefty tariffs on many basic food items, thereby diminishing competition: 160% on butter; 170% on eggs; 298% on onions; 60% on cheese; 127% on olives; 190% on beef; 170% on chicken, to name a few examples. The high cost of canned tuna in Israel can also be explained by tariffs and import quotas.

As we get to freshly baked loaves of bread that go for less than €2 each, Alper laments the limits placed on bakeries in Israel.

“In Israel, bakeries are considered ‘food factories,’ so they’re heavily regulated and you can’t really bake stuff yourself on the spot as the owner of the bakery,” Alper explained. “Food factories” must comply with specific regulations regarding facility size, equipment and employee conditions, including the requirement to provide showers for employees. “You need to buy frozen dough from some industrial complex in some industrial part, where they typically use margarine rather than butter. You need to bring it over, heat it up and serve your customers something that is not as healthy and cheap and tasty as it could be.”

And the infamous German “Milky”? The price has remained steady at 19 cents, although there is a “catch” proud Zionists smugly like to point out: it’s made with beef gelatin, making it very unkosher.

As we glide through the aisles, I point out the pleasantness of the consumer experience. The store is quiet and spacious. No employee is perfunctorily shouting over the loudspeaker. Items are impeccably packed on shelves.

Alper laughed. “Okay, now I feel like I have to protect my own country. You have the instinct to protect your own country.”

An instinct the government exploits. Government protections for local food producers and farmers are often justified by Israeli patriotism.

“Israel needs to be independent in food production, goes the argument,” Alper said. “But it’s a made-up excuse. Israel was never self-reliant and will never be.” For example, Israel imports most of its livestock feed, since it does not have the land and climate required to produce grain in large quantities and high quality.

It stands to reason, then, that tariffs should at least generate lower prices on blue-and-white products for Israeli consumers, but after crunching the numbers for Bamba, Israel’s iconic peanut snack, Israelis pay more for some locally made products than do consumers abroad.

As one “Keep Olim” member pointed out, Bamba is now being sold in Trader Joe’s, much to the joy of proud Israelis celebrating this victory over the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement to boycott Israeli products. But while the supermarket shopper in Los Angeles pays 99 cents for a 100-gr. pack of Bamba, the shopper at Lawrence’s Shufersal pays NIS 4.90 ($1.40) for 80 gr. The logical conclusion: Osem price gouges because it can. (An inquiry to Osem has gone unanswered.) 

BAMBA, Israel’s beloved peanut snack, is now on offer at Trader Joe’s grocery stores in the US. Yet the snack, despite being homegrown, is more expensive for Israelis than for Americans (WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/NSAUM75)BAMBA, Israel’s beloved peanut snack, is now on offer at Trader Joe’s grocery stores in the US. Yet the snack, despite being homegrown, is more expensive for Israelis than for Americans (WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/NSAUM75)

Some Israeli-based food manufacturers that are household names among Zionists worldwide are not even Israeli-owned anymore. Osem is owned by Nestlé of Switzerland; Tnuva is controlled by a Chinese state company; and Telma belongs to Unilever. Collectively, these conglomerates control large parts of the Israeli market, making it easy for them to push their corporate elbows against smaller competitors.

“The number of companies doesn’t necessarily determine fierceness of competition,” Alper said. “What really matters is barriers to entry… The process aspiring importers would have to go through to get this or that approved is going to be so time consuming, so riddled with bureaucracy, politics and corruption that unless they’re part of a large company with time, compliance officers and lawyers, there’s no way they’re going to do that.”

In 2015, Channel 8 launched an investigative series (a “Guide for the Perplexed”) on rising costs in Israel. The first two episodes of Magash Hakesef (The Silver Platter) were dedicated to a growing bane of Israeli consumer life: monopolies and cartels.

In the first, Guy Rolnik, founding editor-in-chief of Israeli financial magazine The Marker, demonstrated how major sources of Israel’s capital and industry – banking, insurance, real estate, media and communications – are owned by several tycoons involved in an economically incestuous relationship, effectively preventing checks, balances and competition.

In the second episode, Yaron Zelekha, former accountant to the Finance Ministry and now dean of the faculty of Business Administration at Ono Academic College, visited a supermarket to show how a handful of conglomerates dominate the shelves.

“We have over 100 monopolies. This is the largest number of monopolies in the Western world and the government, instead of fighting the monopolies, is helping them,” Zelekha told The Jerusalem Post Magazine.

He pinpointed exactly when the cost of living in Israel spiked. In 2009, the Bank of Israel implemented an expansionary monetary policy by lowering interest rates.

“That means that the quantity of money in the economy grew by dozens of percentages,” Zelekha said. “I remember one year, there was 70% growth in the quantity of money, and that was only one year. Of course, when you double and quadruple the amount of money in the economy while the GDP stops growing per capita, that means that much more money is running over the same product and the prices start to rise.

“In 2009, in addition to the expansionary monetary policy, the government decided in parallel to raise taxes on consumers and workers. That brought them into a state in which they cannot expand their demand or products. So when you print so much money, which is running in an economy where consumers are not increasing their demands, that means that the money is moved from the product market to another market, and that other market is real estate. So the prices of real estate from 2009 until today, for an average flat, grew over 120%.”

Neveh Daniel resident and New York native Baruch Brenner considers himself fortunate to have built a successful importing business for household materials and amenities, such as windows, decking and flooring.

Most businesses in Israel, he surmised, don’t make it beyond the third year. In 2016, Israel ranked 53rd among OECD countries (after Moldavia) in the ease of starting a new business. The time and expense it takes to register a business, acquire a permit, draw up contracts and hook up to utilities render the founding of a business a risky endeavor.

Brenner works around the clock, dealing with Israeli customers and suppliers during the day, and American suppliers at night, dramatizing another statistic: Israeli productivity per capita is ranked among the lowest in the OECD (between Korea and Slovenia) while annual hours worked per capita are among the highest (between Estonia and Poland).

A significant portion of Brenner’s business involves dealing with a state institution that he and Alper believe gratuitously makes it harder on Israeli importers: the Standards Institution of Israel. Alper alleged there’s also a conflict of interest: chiefs at the Standards Institution are sometimes local manufacturers themselves.

“Israel does not recognize standards of other countries,” Brenner said.

For example, the outdoor decks he imports have passed worldwide certifications for anti-slippage and fire-proofing. “And here comes the State of Israel with eight million people and says: I’m not ready to accept the fire or slipping certification of the US and the EU; we have to check it. To make matters worse, Israel has its own electric plug shared by no other country on earth. This was historically imposed to help local manufacturers and stop imports. Now it’s just another hindrance that causes prices to rise when negotiating with foreign manufacturers.”

Some items cannot enter the country without the institution’s authorization, often forcing Brenner to leave his merchandise, at a hefty price, at the port until it is checked and released.

Brenner would also like to import spices that come with a barbecue grill he imports. While they’re certified kosher and approved by the FDA, they must also be approved by the Health and Agriculture ministries, making this enterprise too unprofitable for him to bother with.

Once products reach the store, the retail price must be fixed at over 30% more than the worldwide average for the owner to make a profit.

“The storeowner has to pay arnona [property tax] and expensive real estate,” Brenner said. “I’m paying for my warehouse more than what most people pay for fancy offices in office buildings in the Western world, and it’s not in a posh area. Our storage costs more than most places, definitely in the States. Again, you have to start paying higher salaries – otherwise workers can’t rent or by their homes. Domestic shipping in Israel is insanely expensive. I pay less than half to ship from Tennessee to Minnesota than from Haifa to Jerusalem.”

The reason for the high cost of local shipping? Taxes on fuel, vehicles and automotive spare parts. Duties on automobiles stand at 85% the cost of the vehicle.

“Many times I feel like they do things like that because they know you’re a Zionist and can get away with it,” Brenner said, citing another “vicious” tax, the value added tax, which stands at 17%.

As he and Alper pointed out, some factors that contribute to the financial burden of life in Israel are unrelated to government control. Israel is a small, isolated country. A supplier must spend more out of pocket to travel outside of Israel in search of new merchandise. Countries with large markets have more leverage negotiating low prices with exporters abroad.

“When we come and start negotiating with a Chinese company to sell us fridges, we’ll pay more than the US because who cares about Israel’s tiny market?” Brenner said.

But the widespread argument (made by one Shufersal shopper) that Israel requires more taxes to maintain its defense is dubious, said Alper. According to Israeli budget statistics, the defense budget has not increased significantly over the last decade when taking into account inflation and population growth. “Besides, there’s no connection between the defense budget and the very heavy regulation that exists in Israel.”

On the bright and less expensive side, some products in Israel have gone down in price in previous decades.

“Some markets opened up to competition and cheap imports, while others remained closed to imports because of political power,” Alper explained. “In areas like consumer electronics, apparel, footwear, furniture, you could see prices coming down significantly in the past two decades. In other parts, especially food of all types, fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products and the like, you haven’t seen prices come down at all.”

In the hi-tech sector of “Start-Up Nation” fame, productivity and income outshine other Israeli industries.

“The only way to actually increase salaries in a privately owned market is to make sure your employees generate a lot of stuff so you could pay them,” Alper said. “Hi-tech pays such great salaries because the productivity of employees is so high and a major reason why it is so high is because the tech industry is unregulated.”

He fears that will change soon. “The damage the government will inflict on the Israeli economy if it starts meddling in the tech industry will be absolutely massive.”

An Israeli woman shops at a Jerusalem supermarket (Reuters)An Israeli woman shops at a Jerusalem supermarket (Reuters)

Back at the Shufersal, blaming it on nostalgia for the US, I buy a pack of Snyder’s Hanover pretzels, mostly because they’re on “imaginary” sale from NIS 17.90 to NIS 13.

When we get to the chaotic, dusty counter and fill up the old-fashioned plastic bags, the discount doesn’t go through. The grumpy cashier doesn’t believe our claim that the product is on sale, and it takes about seven minutes for the shift manager to check and process the discount, begrudgingly, without remorse.

(The sale sign was thereafter removed.) The receipt comes out to NIS 200 for juice, Pringles, pretzels, Doritos, yogurt, mousse, salad dressing, Oreos, cookies, Turkish coffee and tuna.

In Lidl, permanent and disposable bags are stacked neatly under impeccable counters. The cashier scanned the items so quickly, I could hardly fill my bag by the time I must pay. The receipt for milk, soy milk, muesli, a chocolate bar, lox, and an array of fruits and salad vegetables came out to €16.

“Unbelievable! That’s like NIS 65,” Alper said as we left the market.

SO WHAT can Israelis do to launch real change? 

For Alper, Israelis must first identify the source of the problem, requiring a re-education in economics that will likely have to happen outside the realm of state schools which toe the government line and the socialist principles underpinning the founding of the state. 

During the 2011 protests, disgruntled Israelis, he believes, erroneously called on the government to provide a solution instead of calling out the government as the problem. Israelis often confuse a free market economy with the “crony capitalism” dominating the Israeli economy, in which politicians and corporations trade favors.

“Politicians in Israel want to get reelected,” Alper said. “That’s all. It’s not the good of the people that motivates them. If giving away freebies to your friends and big donors, to small interest groups with political power – if that’s what’s going to get you elected, that’s what you’re going to do.”

But Alper ended our Berlin shopping excursion with that famous Zionist quality enshrined in the Israeli anthem: hope.

“Because if we can do what we can do now, in an essentially oppressive economic regime, imagine what we could do if we were under the Swiss model?” Switzerland, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, is among the more authentically capitalistic countries in its protection of property rights, low taxes and light regulatory burden.

“If Israel were Israel but we had the economic model of Switzerland, Israel would by far be the richest country on the face of the planet.” 

Orit Arfa is an American-Israeli journalist and author based in Berlin. Her latest novel, Underskin, is a steamy Israeli-German romance exploring the growing Berlin-Tel Aviv attraction.