cities. Our study examined place attachment at the neighborhood and city scales in Tel
AvivJaffa. It is based on 22 interviews in five neighborhoods with diverse social backgrounds
and an analysis of 4 Facebook neighborhood groups as a virtual space for expressions
of place attachment. The study shows that despite globalization, the neighborhood
and the city remain significant for people. Poorer neighborhoods are objects of emotional
attachment that form place identity, whereas affluent neighborhoods are objects of functional
attachment leading to place dependence (local trust). Unique local narratives can
create, however, place dependence in disadvantaged neighborhoods and place identity in
affluent ones. Concerns of exclusion and displacement can lead to a loss of local trust, not
necessarily because of in-migration of edge-groups, but because of the "threat of the rich"
that leads to an identity loss in both disadvantaged and affluent neighborhoods. At the city
scale, the unanimous responses in all neighborhoods reflected a high level of attachment,
linked to “the Tel Aviv ethos”. Conclusions of the Facebook analysis confirmed the findings
that emerged from the personal interviews.
The Ministry of Health in Israel, as the sole body responsible for the equitable and efficient distribution of health services, is also the sole regulator over the health systems and the allocation of funds to them. This study examines whether the aspiration for equitable health services does indeed materialize. Using spatial analytical tools a comparison was made between the distribution of mammography and tomography (CT) institutions in various scenarios and the current existing distribution.
Its findings indicate that there is a disparity between the health policy and regulations and the current situation. These findings reinforce the need for and significance of clarifying the policy, and strengthening the ties between the various operating systems.
Over the last sixty years the government of Israel has earmarked many resources for what it defined as "developing the Negev", projected to reduce the disparities between the center of Israel and its periphery. It appears that this goal was never achieved and disparities have widened rather than diminished. This failure requires a renewed examination of the rationale behind current policy plans.