Steinitz: No deal was made with haredi parties

November 8, 2010 13:18

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz came to the Knesset Monday to officially present the 2011-2012 biennial budget to the Finance Committee, but rather than concentrating on Steinitz's plans to reduce unemployment and encourage fiscal growth, opposition MK came ready for a fight following contradicting reports that Steinitz had made a backroom agreement to advance the bill for yeshiva students' living stipends.

Steinitz addressed the issues of the yeshiva students' stipends and of concessions paid by companies exploiting Israel's national resources at the beginning of his briefing. Steinitz denied assertions made earlier in the morning by Interior Minister Eli Yishai that there was an agreement between the haredi parties, but said that he would not support any arrangement that is in line with the parameters of the Supreme Court.

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