FM proposes free child care, alleges protesters are paid

August 17, 2011 17:18


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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday met with the Sderot Mayor David Buskila and later commented on social justice protesters who were waiting for him outside the meeting.

The foreign minister said that he plans to introduce measures that would provide an extra three months' salary to soldiers being discharged from the IDF, levy a new tax on apartments that are left empty in order to put more housing units on the market, and propose free child care for toddlers in lower-income families.

Lieberman, who was heckled by protesters on social issues, said that there are forces behind the protesters and that without media attention, the protests would disappear.

We politicians, the foreign minister told gathered reporters, "are the ones responsible for solutions. [The protesters] are just paid shouters."

Protesters responded, "Nobody is paying us, we're fighting for the basics."

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