Prof. Zelicha: “The government winks at tycoons and monopolies”

The wave of price increases continues with a jump in household electricity prices, which are expected to rise by 4.9%, and apartment prices are breaking records. Since the beginning of the year, the consumer price index has risen by 2.5%, and in the last twelve months (November 2021 compared to November 2020), the consumer price index has risen by 2.4%.

The Accountant General of the former Ministry of Finance and the economist, Yaron Zelicha, Talked to today (Monday) with Ben Caspit Winon Magal On 103FM and explained the reason for the jump in costs.

“This is due to three factors – one, a global factor in the rise in world raw materials prices and products related to world trade, among other things due to rising energy and rising transport prices. Price increases “, he said, adding that” the disposable tool tax through the carbon tax consumed by the electricity company that sells us electricity and therefore micromanages the price of electricity, through fuel prices that the tax on fuel is actually linked to price increases, and so on and so forth. “

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“The total new taxes in the budget increase the tax burden on the public by 15 billion shekels a year. This is reflected in the prices the public pays. The third factor – there are a hundred monopolies that when the government says ‘friends, I raise prices’ what do they teach? “What will the mosses of the wall say? And add the last factor which is housing. The government celebrates housing prices, very simply. Who earns the most when housing prices go up? The government that sells land and collects taxes on rising prices,” he added.

“Strong on the weak and weak on the strong”

To the question, whether the Minister of Housing, Wolf Elkin, Responsible for the rise in housing prices, replied: “Unequivocally yes, with the stupid tax to increase the purchase tax on apartments. After all, what did it do? As you inform the public I am going to impose a purchase tax from January 1. “Because demand raises housing prices, we will start 2022 with housing prices that are NIS 150,000 more expensive. Where is the great genius?”

“In the small? Another 150,000 shekels in the small? Is it like prices have risen in the last 5 years together. Prices have still risen cumulatively. In five minutes the change government has raised prices as they have risen in four years. Prices rose by 2.5 percent, when the index did not Super housing. Housing has risen by 11 percent. We waited two years for the right budget? Did not explain that without a budget a disaster would happen and it was important to have a budget? Why? Because budget is the government’s economic plan Went up, “he added.

Zeev Elkin (Photo: Mark Israel Salem)

Next, he referred to Energy Minister Elharar’s decision to suspend gas exploration for a year, wondering: “Who is reinforcing this decision? Maybe you (Yitzhak) Tshuva and the existing gas tycoons, who say ‘what a beauty, now we will have no future competition’? In favor of the environment, why so-called? Because it contradicts 2 decisions of the government – to impose a tax on electric vehicles, which are supposed to reduce pollution, and the project of the EPA. Didn’t they say they were in favor of the environment? “

At the end he claimed that “what you do not do in the first 3 months (to the government) you will not do in the 4 years. This is a failed budget, one of the worst we have had. This is a government that beckons tycoons and monopolies. The government – strong on the weak and weak on the strong. “

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


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