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Liberman presents budget in Knesset meeting for first vote

CM 02/09/2021

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Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman presented the budget in a Knesset meeting on Thursday.
“This is a day of celebration,” he said. “After three-and-a-half years, this is the first time that this house is holding a debate on the budget. Three-and-a-half years without a real debate on the state budget is ridiculous. I have been sitting in this house for years, and I don’t remember a time like this. The budget is the country’s priority. This debate today symbolizes the end of the era of tyranny and a return to normalcy. It’s proof that the government is working and the coalition is working.”
This is the first reading of the budget proposal on which the Knesset will vote.

Prior to the meeting, on Thursday morning, an agreement was reached concerning the budget for women in retirement, while at the same time agreements were made on the subject of agriculture that would lower the price of produce while also supporting the farmers.
MK Aida Touma-Sliman took to Twitter to express her dissatisfaction with the retirement agreements. “The MKs from the coalition failed in their main task – splitting the revocation of old-age pension from the Arrangements Act,” she wrote. “Now the law will go through a hasty and undemocratic process. The treasury got what it wanted, and the opposition in the coalition dissipated. The new route is an improvement on the original proposal from the treasury in that it provides more extensive responses for weakened women. However, these responses are temporary and partial and ignore central issues like women who were expelled from the workforce at a younger age or housewives who don’t get a response even though the budget they are entitled to is denied. We will continue to fight in the Knesset for the weakened women.”
The debate on eggs is expected to continue for the next three months separate from the reforms.
Cabinet meeting on August 2 where the budget was approved (credit: AMOS BEN GERSHOM, GPO)Cabinet meeting on August 2 where the budget was approved (credit: AMOS BEN GERSHOM, GPO)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz tweeted about the agreements for the agriculture reforms, saying: “We promised, and we delivered – We won’t give up on Israeli agriculture. Last night, Deputy Minister Shoster and I met with Agriculture Minister forer and discussed the planned reform. I am happy that our fair fight succeeded, and that part of the reform will be debated separate from the Arrangements Act. We will continue to work together in order to strengthen the farmers and lower prices. It’s our duty.”

Source: Jerusalem Post

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