Labor party Chairman Shelly Yechimovich responded on Tuesday to the
announcement that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was seeking to raise
the value added tax (VAT) by 1%, saying the "old and evil Netanyahu has
returned", and that the citizens of Israel will pay dearly for this.
According to Yechimovich, the prime minister has taken a break from
"zigzagging around policies and returned to a stagnant medium, where his
policies stand still, disassembling and crushing the middle classes
whilst creating dangerous gaps between rich and poor."
She claimed that Netanyahu's proposed tax hike constitutes "more of the same destructive policies of the last
decade, where a reduction in billions of shekels has brought the middle
class man to his knees, paying out of his own pocket for health,
education, homeland security, local government and all other components
The opposition leader called on Netanyahu to simply "call an election" and take the vote to the polls.