The Minister of Finance, Avigdor Lieberman, will present the full budget proposal the next day, although there are still disagreements, especially regarding the health budget and some of the reforms in the Arrangements Law.
On the other hand, the highest obstacle of all, the defense budget, was removed, after an additional NIS 7 billion was granted, which will set it at NIS 58 billion out of a total budget of NIS 450 billion.
There is resentment among ministers that the budget itself has not yet been distributed among them, nor has the latest draft of the Arrangements Law, but some have already expressed satisfaction and said: “After two years of Netanyahu’s destructive conduct, a budget is finally going through. And the economy, which will provide the oxygen needed by the state for it to function. “
Disagreements over agriculture reform, MK Avir Kara’s demands for the self-employed, and measures that could hurt vulnerable populations, such as removing bread price controls or raising the retirement age for women, are likely to provoke clashes at the cabinet meeting. From the desire to allow the government to continue to survive and function.
A special effort is invested in trying to reach agreements with the employers’ organizations and the Histadrut. Just yesterday, a meeting exploded in the presence of Histadrut chairman Arnon Bar-David, finance commissioner Kobi Bar-Natan, finance director Ram Blinkov, finance department budget director Yogev Gordos and business sector president Dubi Amitai. At the Ministry of Finance after a few weeks of talks.
“Any attempt to harden positions at this stage harms the future of the economy,” Bar-David warned. “I have shown responsibility and statehood in the last two years, but I will not lend a hand to widespread harm to the working person and retirees.”
Another point is the attitude towards the yeshiva world, which may challenge Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on the right. Rabbi Chaim Druckman, one of the senior rabbis of religious Zionism and chairman of the Hesder Yeshivot Association Council, has already asked Bennett not to damage the yeshivot budget.
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