Will the state help in the shadow of the spread of the corona? Lieberman’s Gospel | Ben Mercury

The state coffers are guarded by a scary man. Calm, unmoved, his hand clenched. Avigdor Lieberman Has become in the last six months the “bad boy” in charge of the tap. A modern version of the late Yigal Horowitz, the one from “Crazy, Get Off the Roof,” in the happy days of inflation.

Why do you not show some compassion, even in the way you express yourself? There are people who have a hard time, they are quite a few, and the situation is not really good. you know that.
“My job as finance minister is to maintain the public coffers, maintain the stability of the economy, fight the cost of living and ensure economic growth. When I took office I promised to make decisions only on economic considerations, not on populist or electoral considerations. Whoever did not take it seriously on June 14 “He should take it very seriously now.”

Yes, but your job is also to help the weak. And there are the weak, there are the weak, there is a crisis.
“Let’s get things in order: in all economic parameters we finished 2021 much better than 2019, a year of pre-Corona. It’s no less amazing. Growth is 7%, the deficit has fallen sharply, state revenues have grown sharper than 2019, before the Corona. Inflation and employment are in very good shape. It did not just happen, it was achieved because we are doing the exact opposite of what the previous government and the previous finance minister did. First of all, I abolished the Knesset. I announced that there would be no closures and we would learn to live next to the corona. That does not mean we will not help. ”

“We will help anyone who needs assistance. In a focused, fair and responsible manner. This is what we did in the tourism industry, this is what we did with El-Al. There is no need to be stressed by some ministers who come under pressure and create panic. need”.

But there are citizens who do need such assistance. Just for such assistance.
“True, and they are not many. Do you need 750 shekels now?”

I do not.
“Whoever needs assistance, will get. We built a compensation model for all employees who sit in isolation because they were exposed to the patient or because of the children. We are on the way to legislation to include the self-employed in the same model. “We will have to extend it. Unfortunately for some people, I received a Russian education. I work systematically, not late, reading all the material.”

“When I look at the Israeli stock exchange, it has jumped by around 30% in the last year. The banking industry has jumped 67%, construction 74%. In general, when I look at the public companies traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and those that have issued bonds and those traded in New York. In 803 companies. The performance of the overwhelming majority of the content is excellent. These companies are the mainstay of the Israeli economy. I wish shareholders similar performance next year as well. And these are data from three quarters, with the fourth quarter being the strongest. These companies have to submit reports by March 31, I suggest you keep an eye on that. “

The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (Photo: Avshalom Shashoni)

Not everything is companies traded on the stock exchange.
“Even the companies that are not traded on the stock exchange, most of them in excellent condition. We maintain the stability and growth as I promised. Everyone who gets hurt will get help. We will not abandon anyone. But I am not as talented as some of my government critics who demand help after ten days. I do not know “To evaluate a company within ten days. For that, we need at least a quarter. We will wait, see, check and know.”

When?
“After January, we will know exactly where we stand. We work in the Ministry of Finance using the Knesset method. Every day situation assessments, sometimes also on Fridays and Saturday nights. Board meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. Every day starts with credit card reports, road trips and VAT payments. One of our problems is hysteria and various agents of chaos in the media. This week we followed five TV channels in the world, not as professional and important as Channel 14 or others. I’m talking about Sky, BBC “, Fox, CNN and France 24. On Wednesday morning, the World Health Organization published two fascinating things about the corona, regarding the fourth booster and the fact that in the coming months half of Europe’s residents will start the virus.”

“In addition, in France this week one day the number of people infected reached almost 300,000. I watched the news at eight in the morning. The first item was about the tension in the talks between Russia and NATO in Brussels. “A second item was on Biden’s attempts to review new legislation regarding the US election law. A third item on the events in Kazakhstan, and only a fourth item on the corona. This too in a responsible, considered and reasoned manner.

Yes, but on the other hand the situation is not as rosy as you describe it. Cycles go down steeply, half-empty restaurants, almost no shows, shrinking shows and more.
“There is no doubt that January and February are very simple, very complex. No doubt there will be people who will be harmed. I repeat – a just solution is given to everyone, but in a responsible and considered way, as we treated tourism and El Al. We will not abandon anyone. There is no room for hysteria. “.

People do not believe it. Even inbound tourists claim they have not yet received anything.
“Many have received and many will receive. Listen, we have recruited over 3,000 Corona loyalists to the education system with a salary of NIS 10,000. By and large, the tourism year 2021 is better in terms of performance than 2019, even though there were more tourists in 2019. Overall, the situation is under control. “In the facts budget, the results are good overall. I am optimistic towards 2022. There is no hocus pocus.”

Barn Factory (Photo: Avshalom Shashoni)Barn Factory (Photo: Avshalom Shashoni)

Meanwhile, prices are rising. You talked about downloading, there’s an increase.
“It will take time. Again, there is no hocus pocus. You know, after we levied a tax on disposable dishes, I was told at customs last month that the import of dishwashers has jumped by 70%.”

And Osem announces that it will raise prices sharply. why are you quiet?
“As for the barn, superficial people. Why did you not hear me in the barn? Because their ingredients jumped miraculously. They are an international company that imports oil, which jumped 70%, wheat 40%, sugar, the price of sea freight jumped 460%. The real owners “Of the barn it’s Nestle. So what, we’ll close the barn? There are 550 unemployed in Sderot.”


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