Opposition leader Tzipi Livni 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Knesset reconvened during its summer recess on Tuesday to discuss the
housing protests and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s economic policies, with
opposition leader MK Tzipi Livni (Kadima) saying coalition MKs “still don’t
understand the depth of the protests.”
The emergency meeting, initiated
by MK Ya’acov Katz (National Union) and Kadima, took place in the Knesset
auditorium, and not the plenum, which was undergoing renovations.
sitting in this auditorium because the plenum is being renovated, instead of
fixing our problems throughout Israel,” Livni said.
Livni took issue with
politicians saying they cannot fulfill the protesters’ demands for budgetary
“It’s not their job to figure out where the money will come
from,” she said, “it’s their job to bring up this problem.”
leader said she met a young mother who said “I am in favor of the protests, but
then I hear that if they continue, they will harm the state’s security, because
the funds for free [early childhood] education will come out of the security
“These are good people who care about what is happening, and
they should not have to make these decisions,” Livni explained.
solutions and the funds are the leadership’s concern, and they should be
discussed here in the Knesset.”
She added: “The social injustice began
here, as did the preference of sectarian politics over the Israeli-Zionist
majority, and here in the Knesset the repairs need to
Minister-without-Portfolio Bennie Begin responded to the
opposition, pointing out that many of Kadima’s complaints are about problems that
began when they led the government.