(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Knesset will reconvene for another emergency discussion of the housing
crisis next Tuesday, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin announced on
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Following a similar discussion on Tuesday morning, Kadima
requested that Rivlin call another meeting on the cost of living.
faction in the opposition signed on to the request.
Binyamin Netanyahu’s tax policies have abused the Israeli public for the last
two-and-a-half years,” a Kadima spokesman said. “He is responsible for the
rising price of electricity, water, public transportation, food and dairy
“This government is trying to prevent public discourse, and
therefore, as long as the protest continues, Kadima will continue convening the
Knesset to discuss it,” the spokesman said.
He also said the “shameful
absence” of most Likud MKs from Tuesday’s meeting exposes “the Netanyahu
coalition’s abominable lack of consideration for what is happening.”
Tuesday, the Likud released a statement slamming Kadima’s calls for emergency
meetings during the Knesset recess, which began two weeks ago.
leader Tzipi] Livni is panicking because her poll numbers are dropping,” the
Likud spokeswoman said.
“After the public understood that Kadima has
nothing to offer in the diplomatic arena, Livni is trying to make up a social
ideology for her failed party,” she said.
“Netanyahu is attentive to the
justified protest, and he is the only one that knows how to find the correct
balance between citizens’ welfare and economic responsibility.”