(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
With government spending due to be cut, Likud Beytenu politicians this week
called for ministers’ and MKs’ salaries to be slashed.
If the pay of all
MKs and ministers, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, is cut by 10
percent, as Yisrael Beytenu has suggested, the government would save close to
NIS 5,700,000 annually.
On Tuesday, following a meeting of Yisrael
Beytenu ministers, Liberman said his party will back Finance Minister Yair
Lapid’s budget and allow him to do what he thinks is best for the
“There is no doubt its easier to give advice than be the person
who has to make decisions, and much easier to criticize than take
responsibility. We will not behave that way,” Liberman said, calling for
politicians to behave responsibly in dealing with the budget.
“We ask all
MKs to give up 10% of their pay between now and the end of 2014,” he added. “We
hope the prime minister, Knesset Speaker and finance minister will support our
suggestion, so that beyond the savings in the budget, we will set a personal
example in a difficult time.”
Similarly, Deputy Minister Ofir Akunis took
to his Facebook profile on Wednesday to call for elected officials, including
ministers, deputy ministers and MKs, to set a personal example and accept a
“I support with all my heart the initiative to cut our
pay,” Akunis wrote. “The new budget will not be simple. The cuts will be deep
and painful.” He called for pay cuts for judges and ministry directors-general,
Public officials’ salaries went up by 3% at the beginning of
this year. They increase according to the consumer price index.
their raises this year, President Shimon Peres makes NIS 53,457 per month and
Netanyahu makes NIS 46,613. Ministers, deputy ministers, Bank of Israel Gov.
Stanley Fischer and State Comptroller Joseph Shapira earn NIS 41,868 and Knesset
members get NIS 38,296.