The protests on the cost of living brought together strange bedfellows, with
both MK Ya’acov Katz (National Union) and MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al)
joining demonstrators in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, providing opposite
suggestions as to how to solve the crisis on Sunday.
Tibi said that he
brought dozens of Ta’al supporters to the rally, which he called a “constitutive
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“Suddenly we see citizens not just complaining, but
demonstrating, not bowing their heads, but yelling out loud at an abusive,
exploitative government,” he added.
“The question is, will the protests
on Rothschild Street undergo ‘Tahrirization’ and bring a drastic change in the
system?” Tibi asked.
The UAL-Ta’al MK said that the government must
change its order of priorities and stop funding settlements.
explained, the government should invest in “housing, education and health within
the Green Line.”
Katz came to the opposite conclusion, explaining that
West Bank construction would alleviate the housing crisis.
freeze in the West Bank “made it impossible for young people to buy a home,” he
Katz said “tens of thousands of people arrived from Judea and
Samaria on special buses to Tel Aviv, proving that [Prime Minister Binyamin]
Netanyahu cannot ignore the growing protests, which represent every sector in
“The government failed in one of its central roles, to prepare
infrastructure for construction and housing throughout the land, which will
allow for access to roofs above the heads of the state’s citizens,” Katz
“The government has many options to quickly and efficiently
solve this severe problem, but it is not using any of them, and the citizens of
the state continue to suffer,” he said