(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem / The Jerusalem Post)
Three Israel Beiteinu ministers demanded on Thursday that Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu call a meeting of his 16-minister socioeconomic cabinet to
talk about the party’s new economic plan.
Tourism Minister Stas
Meseznikov, National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau and Immigrant Absorption
Minister Sofa Landver wrote in a letter to Netanyahu that Israel Beiteinu’s
plan, which was publicized on Wednesday, “is meant to give a response to the
real crisis, which has been expressed through widespread social
The letter points out their agenda is the only comprehensive
economic plan released by any party since the housing protests broke
“Israel Beiteinu sees a great importance in taking urgent and
substantial steps to solve the social and economic problems,” the ministers
“The plan, with a scope of NIS 6 billion, is based on changing
priorities in the budget without breaking its framework,” the letter
“Among the main economic steps are subsidization of daycare
centers, tax breaks, providing unemployment funds for the self-employed, taking
care of the housing crisis by providing government guarantees for
The ministers explained the expenses will be paid by raising
corporate taxes by one percentage point, among other changes in the government’s
They also wrote the system of government must be changed in
order to improve social conditions in the long term, but “this topic can be
discussed in another framework.”
Last month, Netanyahu appointed Prof.
Manuel Trajtenberg to form a committee to evaluate the protesters’ demands and
plan a new economic policy for the government.
However, Israel Beiteinu
came up with its own initiative weeks before Trajtenberg is scheduled to present
his panel’s findings to the socioeconomic cabinet, which is headed by Finance
Minister Yuval Steinitz.