Gasoline prices gas tax 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The price of filling your gas tank fell by NIS 0.23 per liter at midnight on
Sunday, following a decision by the Finance Ministry to cancel an increase in
the gasoline excise.
A liter of 95 octane gas in the selfservice lane now
costs NIS 7.02. The fee for full service remains unchanged at NIS 0.13. The
National Infrastructures Ministry recommends that consumers compare prices at
various gas stations.
The announcement was made after the Finance
Minister Yuval Steinitz on Sunday signed a directive reducing the gasoline
excise by NIS 0.20 per liter, following a decision to cancel an increase that
went into effect on January 1. As a result, the government’s revenues will fall
by NIS 760 million a year. The measure is the first of a number of steps the
government announced on Thursday night aimed at easing the burden of soaring
“The government is not reducing but only canceling an
increase, and even that is only a drop in the ocean,” the Union of Local
Authorities said in response.
Thursday’s announcement followed weeks of
intense public pressure and threats by the Histadrut labor federation to call a
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that the
government will raise the minimum wage and roll back recent increases in water,
public transportation and gasoline prices. As part of the package, the
government will cut fares for public transportation, including buses and trains,
by about 10 percent, mainly for monthly fares, and thus benefiting regular users
and people living in the periphery.
Water prices for average usage, which
have risen more than 30% over the past year, will be lowered. The government
will increase the usage amount priced at the low tariff, and increase the rate
charged for high usage.
Despite great opposition from the Finance
Ministry, Netanyahu announced that the government would raise the minimum wage
by a monthly NIS 450, to NIS 4,300 from the current NIS 3,850. The increase will
be implemented in two stages.
Separately, Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini on
Sunday called upon the prime minister to enter into negotiations with the union
in an effort to avert a strike in the public and private sectors. Before the
government’s announcement on Thursday evening, the labor union declared a wage
dispute, allowing the union to launch a general strike in two weeks, in protest
of the government’s up-to-then refusal to raise the minimum wage and cancel
recent tax hikes and increases in the price of water and bread.
that although the announced measures were pointing in the right direction, more
clarification and discussion were needed to examine the effectiveness and
implementation of the planned steps, in particular their impact on the
Unless the government enters into talks to clarify last week’s
announcement and satisfies the Histadrut, the union intends to launch a general
The Union of Local Authorities, which has joined the Histadrut’s
work dispute, said that there is great concern that most people will not benefit
from the price reductions set by the cabinet, and therefore the prime minister
needs to provide clear answers to the issues affecting the public.