New opposition leader Shaul Mofaz on Monday called on the government to cancel the excise tax on water and to lower taxes on gasoline and electricity.
Speaking at a special Knesset session where he assumed the title of opposition leader, Mofaz said that lowering and canceling those taxes "will have a direct impact on the public's ability to deal with the cost of living."
Mofaz also addressed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's handling of the Iranian nuclear issue, accusing the government of "talking a lot but doing little."
The more senior politicians in the Knesset, he said, remember very well the strike on Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981. "There would have never been a public discussion" before ordering that operation, Mofaz said.
Those using Israel's security cynically to their benefit should stop, he accused, saying the current government is using public discussions of national security issues to prevent discussion on social issues.