Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday night said that, while he
understood the anger directed at him, he had no choice but to impose the
bevy of new taxes and cuts in the budget in order to prevent Israel’s
economy from “collapse.”
"I think there's something legitimate in
the anger directed toward me - we're hurting people in the pocket," he
said in his first press conference since releasing the budget. “I'm also
upset by the situation. I wish I could stand here and say what goodies I
was giving out to the nation,” he continued, but "I'm not willing to
get to the situation of Greece.”
"Everyone wants to fill the deficit but everyone wants someone else to pay for it,” he said. "Responsibility means sometimes doing the unpopular thing because it's the right thing to do."
conceded that the budget was a blow to the middle class and the working
man he made the center of his campaign, but claimed that by taxing the
rich, corporations and luxury goods in addition, he had kept his promise.