Cabinet sitting down Knesset 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The new budget proposal lets government officials set a positive example for the
rest of the country by slashing their salaries by 10 percent, Knesset Foreign
Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avigdor Liberman said Tuesday.
budget cuts the salaries of MKs, ministers, the prime minister, the president,
mayors, religious authority chairmen and local rabbis by 10 percent. If passed,
the pay decrease will begin on June 1 and continue until the end of
The government will save NIS 40 million from MKs’ salaries
Liberman, who suggested the pay cut last month, congratulated
Finance Minister Yair Lapid and called the move “symbolic and important in a
time when every citizen of the country feels the burden of the difficult
“It’s clear that the budgetary salvation will not
come from the money that will be saved from this move, but it emphasizes in the
clearest way possible the fact that every citizen, without discrimination and
including the heads of the state contributes his part for the good of
stabilizing the Israeli market,” Liberman said.
He said leaders must set
an example, and that is what the salary decrease does, and expressed hope that
such responsible behavior will bring better economic times.