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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will make another effort on Sunday to pass the
Trajtenberg Committee’s report on sweeping socioeconomic changes in the cabinet,
a Finance Ministry official said Thursday.
Netanyahu tried to bring the
report to a vote in the cabinet this week but backed off after facing stiff
opposition from Israel Beiteinu, Shas, and three Likud ministers.
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prime minister met with Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday in
an effort to persuade him to vote in favor on Sunday.
outrage that his party was not given a chance to read and have an impact on the
report before it was brought to a vote.
“No one talked to [Israel
Beiteinu] about the committee before it was appointed or after the report was
published,” he told Israel Radio.
“We asked to delay the meeting because
we hadn’t gotten a chance to read all of it. I told Netanyahu that this is not
the way to handle things and this was a blunder. We are not trying to debate the
prime minister or break up his coalition.”
Lieberman refuted claims he
was seeking an early election because of an upcoming hearing on his legal
troubles, saying “it is not in my interest to have an election before or after
the hearing but when the term ends in [October] 2013.”
meet on Sunday with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz in a meeting that could
decide whether Sunday’s vote will succeed.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak,
whose Independence Party also opposes the recommendations, did not sound like he
had changed his mind in an interview with Israel Radio on Thursday in which he
criticized the decision not to break the current framework of the
“The Trajtenberg Committee’s recommendations were pointing in the
right direction,” Barak said. “[But] there’s no way to answer the protesters’
demands without expanding the budget."