After the rise in barn prices: Who is to blame for the rise in prices? Prof. Zelicha explains

Prof. Yaron Zelicha Talked today (Wednesday) with Ben Caspit and Winon Magal on 103FM and accused the government of raising the cost of living. “A week ago, the government announced that it was raising the prices of dairy products, claiming that raw materials had become more expensive, without checking the excessive profitability of unsupervised products. A few days later, Osem announced that it was raising prices, do you think there is no connection? “Guys, let’s celebrate at the expense of the public,” he said.

Zelicha later referred to MK Michael Bitton’s call for a boycott of a barn: “The government speaks in two languages, first of all Michael Bitton is a great person but serves in a position that does not have much effect on actual prices. The person who steers prices is the finance minister.”

“If I were finance minister, do you imagine that Osem would dream of raising prices? They would know what I would do to them a minute later. “I would send an international control company as Kahlon sent to Cellular to test all their products for their profitability, and we both know what I would find and how I would get them to lower prices through price controls,” he added.

Yaron Zelicha (Photo: Avshalom Shashoni)

“This is the authority of the government when there are exorbitant prices. I would ban Osem from serving as both a monopolistic manufacturer and a large importer. How could they be competing on their own? Both produce the pasta and import it. I would make a small legislative amendment to the Arrangements Act.”

Zelicha emphasized that the government’s policy is what is causing the prices to rise: “It is related to what appeared in the new budget, a host of tomorrow’s increases through government taxes and the fact that they are long months transmitting to the economy that there are price increases, there are plans for price increases, there is inflation. That housing prices will continue to rise next year, who benefits the most from the rise in prices? The government, our income tax is linked to the rise in prices and also VAT.

Later, Prof. Zelicha referred to the statement of the former Minister of Finance Beiga Shochat He said that Zelicha’s claim that the government was directly responsible for the rise in prices, including the rise in housing prices, was “complete nonsense.”

Zelicha said that when he served as former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s economic adviser in 1996, “it was after” the failed term of Beiga Shochat, which nearly collapsed the economy. “The adults who remember the severe economic crisis that the capital market collapsed and the barrage market collapsed in early ’97, are acting out of the catastrophic damage that Beiga Shochat caused them.”

He added that “in 2003 they entered after in 1999 and 2000 he prepared the economy so well in his tenure that the economy collapsed in the intifada and we had to save the economy a second time. Twice we saved the economy after Mr. Shochat’s catastrophes. Fortunately he arrived. “To the extreme age of 85, whose old age also shames his youth, he speaks in blatant language to a person’s body. It will just make him ashamed.”

Ben Caspit said in response: “All that is good in the economy is you and everything that is bad in the economy is Shochat? Beiga Shochat was an excellent finance minister, one of the best in Israel.” To this Zelicha replied: “Do you know what the problem is with you leftists? They do not let the facts confuse you. It does not interest you.” The presenter replied angrily: “It is appropriate for Lennon to call me a leftist, not you,” and clarified: “I am not a leftist, apologize.”

Buying Osem products (Photo: Avshalom Shashoni)Buying Osem products (Photo: Avshalom Shashoni)

Yinon Magal joined the heated debate, saying: “You represent positions of more or less breaking the silence,” and received an angry response from his submission friend: “.

Zelicha claimed that Mercury “praises the ruling capital and I fight it.” Mercury wondered, “Didn’t you work for Partner?” To which the interviewee replied: “As the new competitor that arose, there was the little player in the system who generated competition. Once it was big, I left it.”

Yoav Simchi, chairman of the Histadrut, which unites many workers in the business sector, also commented on the price increase: The first to suffer from this are the consumers, and the next in line to suffer from this are the workers, to whom a decline in demand will eventually roll. I hope that the citizens of Israel will reward those who remain fair to them during this period. “

Assisted in the preparation of the article: Ofri Glichman, 103fm

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