Hundreds of local authority employees held demonstrations at nine major traffic
intersections across Israel on Wednesday, to call for an end to government cuts
in local municipality budgets.
The protests began at 9am and stretched
for an hour, blocking traffic at junctions from Yad Mordechai in the south to
the Golani junction in the north.
Linda Sasson, a spokesman for the Union
of Local Authorities in Israel told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that protest
was held because the local authorities are being asked to carry a larger and
larger burden, while the funds they receive from the government remain the
“The local councils are asked to provide services like welfare and
education that the state government should give. The government has privatized
services and shifted the responsibility to the local authorities, but forgot to
give them the money they need to meet these obligations," Sasson said.