PM Netanyahu with Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg 311 (R).
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the start of the cabinet meeting
Monday morning that despite opposition to the Trajtenberg Committee for Socioeconomic Change's
recommendations, the government will vote on the proposals Monday.The
prime minister told Likud ministers that the session on Monday will encompass
only the basic elements of the committee's recommendations. At a later
stage, he said, details and individual clauses will be examined,
formed into legislation and voted upon, Army Radio reported.
However, it appeared Monday afternoon that the prime minister lacked the votes to pass the recommendations through the cabinet, Army Radio reported.
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Netanyahu called Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who
is in the Ukraine, in an attempt to convince him to support the
measure. Lieberman, however, refused the prime minister's request, Army Radio
Netanyahu was also reportedly inviting a series of ministers for one-on-one meetings in an attempt to convince them to support the Trajtenberg report.
Sunday Israel Beiteinu objected and announced it had managed to secure a
delay to the vote on the recommendations, arguing that ministers need
more time to fully review the committee's findings.
Earlier Sunday, Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov asked Netanyahu to postpone Monday's government meeting on the Trajtenberg Committee report.
the name of Israel Beiteinu and its five ministers, I am notifying you
of our firm opposition to a discussion of the Trajtenberg Committee's
recommendations at the coming government meeting," Meseznikov wrote.
report, released last Monday, lists the findings of a committee headed
by Professor Manuel Trajtenberg, who was appointed by Netanyahu to
recommend socioeconomic reforms following this summer's protests.
is unthinkable from a professional and practical standpoint to discuss
and adopt recommendations from such an important report with no time to
prepare," the Tourism Minister explained.
wrote that the report was released right before Rosh Hashana, making it
difficult for ministers to properly prepare for the government meeting.
"I am sure that you also think that it would take a bit longer than a
day and a half of studying the report in order to decide on the future
socioeconomic policies of the State of Israel, which will influence the
fate of so many families in Israel," he added.
Trajtenberg plans to attend a meeting of the Knesset Finance Committee
on Tuesday, during which his recommendations will be reviewed.