(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Opposition parties will give the government a taste of what passing the budget
will be like, with an all-night filibuster planned for Monday.
evening, legislation allowing the new budget to apply to 2013 and 2014 will be
brought to second and third (final) readings in the plenum.
opposition submitted dozens of objections to the bill, each of which will be
presented with a speech.
Labor faction leader Isaac Herzog estimated
Sunday that the vote will go on until late at night or even until
“We will present an early preview to the government of the
all-nighters they should expect when the budget is brought to a vote in the
beginning of June,” Herzog said. “We will put everything on the table and fight
all the budget cuts.”
Also Sunday, Balad sent a letter to Finance
Minister Yair Lapid demanding changes to the budget, which includes cuts to
welfare services and a tax hike.
“These steps will significantly harm
millions of citizens, especially the poor ones, and even more drastically the
Arab public, most of which lives under the poverty line,” the letter
The Balad MKs added that “reading the proposed budget, one draws a
clear conclusion that after it is implemented, the Arab public’s situation,
which is difficult to begin with, will be even harder.”