Mayor Nir Barkat.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
On a sunny but chilly Sunday morning, Mayor Nir Barkat stood on a municipality bulldozer near the Finance Ministry and addressed municipality employees summoned to take part in the general strike. After that, Barkat answered journalists’ questions, and explained why he decided to go on strike.Barkat: The present situation is a disaster. We’re talking about an additional budget that has been already approved by the Treasury. Not obtaining it is a catastrophe in terms of the services we can give to the residents. This is a country that has a reserve of NIS 11 billion, yet its capital is the only city that has no approved budget. Something is wrong here.