Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg.
(photo credit: Mark Neiman / GPO)
The Trajtenberg Committee – appointed by the government last month to examine
ways to implement socioeconomic change – is expected to recommend a serious cut
to the defense budget as part of its findings, Channel 2 News reported Wednesday
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According to the report, the committee will suggest that NIS 1
to 3 billion be cut from the Defense Ministry’s budget next year, in order to
provide part of the funds needed for a more socially-oriented financial
Additionally, the committee will reportedly recommend increased
oversight and transparency on defense-related spending.
In changes to the
education system, Channel 2 reported that the committee will propose
gradually-implemented free education from age three, a longer school day and
funding for increased supervision and regulations on day care
In the field of taxation, the committee will advise the
government to grant fathers of young children benefits only presently given to
mothers, as well as higher taxation on the stock market for the wealthy.