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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 10:25 AM
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Super-rich Israelis no longer ashamed to flaunt their wealth
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Israel, despite socialist roots, now has a huge income gap. Displays of riches, such as a $2-million wedding and a 'Real Housewives'-style show, draw awe and contempt.

Israel's hottest new TV show may be making many viewers feel guilty. But they can't stop watching it.

It's a "Real Housewives" reality-based knockoff about six rich, materialistic women bouncing from personal training sessions in their mansions to Botox appointments to champagne-fueled shopping binges, dishing dirt about one another and generally reveling in their own fabulousness.

Hardly scandalous stuff to American TV viewers. But in the land of the kibbutz a nation founded on egalitarian ideals, where lawmakers still wear jeans in the Knesset, or parliament, and the flaunting of wealth was once considered taboo this unapologetic celebration of the lifestyles of the rich and Israeli is hitting a raw nerve.,0,7450485.story
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