Yacimovich: Lapid budget proposals identical to Netanyahu's
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN, JPOST.COM STAFF
April 22, 2013 15:37
Opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich slammed Finance Minister Yair Lapid's proposed budget cuts and tax raises on Monday, saying that his proposals were identical to those proposed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Speaking at a Labor faction meeting, Yacimovich said that Lapid's proposed NIS 18 billion in spending cuts, and NIS 5 billion in proposed tax hikes would be a heavy burden on Israelis.
Yacimovich said that the Labor party would be able to "meaningfully influence the management of the government," and fight the proposed budget cuts from the opposition.
The Labor leader also discussed the recently-approved Open Skies agreement which prompted Israeli airline employees to strike. She called on the government to act responsibly and not "thuggishly."
She stated that it was unfair to send private Israeli airlines to compete in the global market when their "hands are tied" by extra security costs and the inability to land in certain countries.