Social protests, which begin with a small group of young Israeli activists setting up tents on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard, explode across the country. On September 3, nearly 500,000 people march down the streets of cities across Israel demanding more affordable housing, child-care, and food. As a result, the government assembles the Trajtenberg Committee. It assesses the economic situation in Israel and urges immediate government relief. These social protests rally votes that allow Yair Lapid and his party, Yesh Atid (there is a future), electoral success in the January 2013 Israeli elections.