Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein 370 (R).
(photo credit: Ronen Zvulun / Reuters)
The Knesset will hold a special meeting on Tuesday morning, during its month-long
Passover recess, to discuss expected cuts to the as yet unpassed 2013 state
Meanwhile, opposition MKs continued to rail against Finance
Minister Yair Lapid’s decisions in his first weeks in office – even those he
hasn’t made yet.
MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz) wrote a letter to
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein requesting that he look into Uri Yogev’s
candidacy for Finance Ministry director-general.
Gilon mentioned the
possibility that Yogev may have had a conflict of interest and diverged from the
Israel Corporations Authority’s proper management guidelines as chairman of
“This is a senior position with crucial ramifications on
all citizens and residents of Israel, which means the proper management
guidelines must be followed meticulously from start to finish. Therefore, I ask
for your public comment on the validity of the appointment, immediately,” Gilon
Earlier this week, Meretz chairwoman Zehava Gal-On said Lapid was
surrounding himself with right-wing advisers, such as Yogev, who want to destroy
the welfare state and benefit the rich.
“Lapid knows how to use new media
and talks about new politics, but names like Uri Yogev, whom he is considering
appointing as Finance Ministry director-general, are the oldest politics
possible,” Gal-On wrote on Facebook. “Yogev and the other economists surrounding
Lapid are directly responsible for the dramatic rise in inequality in the past
10 years and the continued wear on the middle class.”
chairwoman wrote that Yogev was close to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and
lowered taxes for the wealthy while decreasing welfare services.
Tuesday’s meeting was called by Labor MK Isaac Herzog, to discuss expected cuts
in the upcoming budget.
“I suggest that the finance minister not only
speak to Mrs.
Cohen from Hadera, but also to Mr. [Meir] Cohen, the
welfare minister, and get from him data about the distribution of income in this
country and the serious social gaps,” Herzog said.
On Monday, Lapid
described on his Facebook page a theoretical 37-year-old woman from Hadera named
Ricki Cohen, and her husband, who together earn NIS 20,000 a month and support
their three children.
Lapid called Mrs. Cohen “middle class,” and said
the government must improve the quality of state services, including education,
police and health, increase Mrs. Cohen’s quality of life and reduce her cost of
Herzog criticized Lapid earlier on this week, saying that “there
are many Mrs. Cohens who barely make NIS 5,000 and cannot finish the
That is the real middle class.”
Also on Tuesday, the
temporary Knesset House Committee will authorize the membership and chairmanship
of the legislature’s permanent committees.