Interior minister: Budget cuts weakening welfare services

January 4, 2012 19:21


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Interior Minister Eli Yishai criticized Wednesday plans to cut the budgets of several ministries, including the Health and Social Welfare Ministries.

"At this time we should increase the deficit and not harm welfare, housing, and grants for municipal authorities," Yishai declared during a Shas faction meeting.

The budget cuts, as laid out by the Finance Ministry, will harm the average Israeli, Yishai said according to Channel 10 news.

Yishai's comments came as the Finance Ministry announced that the defense budget would be cut by NIS 700 million to help fund free education for children between the ages 3-4.

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