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The Knesset voted Tuesday morning in favor of government legislation proposing an increase to the national budget framework from 1.7 percent to 2.6%, which will also increase Israel's deficit.
The decision was approved in the second and third reading with a majority of 51 to 31 parliamentary votes, after a 12-hour night of filibuster speeches by the opposition protesting the move.
The opposition, led by Kadima, made an unexpected announcement late
Monday night, cutting short its planned 45 hours of filibuster speeches
and request a vote, resulting in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and
his ministers receiving a 5 a.m. alert calling on them to vote early on
Tuesday morning. Procedures dictate that once the opposition
makes such a move, the Knesset has to make a vote within two hours.
MKs expressed satisfaction over the parliamentary conduct
of the opposition in protesting the budgetary expansion, and the Kadima
spokesperson said that his party had chosen to make the early wake up
call for Netanyahu so as to, "Send a clear message, that every time he
dares to grab public money for political bribes to his coalition
partners - Kadima will make sure he doesn't get a good night's sleep."
Kadima MK Meir Sheetrit criticized the decision, saying that expanding the budget goes against the world trend of reducing national deficits, with only the rich benefiting from a debt expansion.
Coalition members, however, noted the futility of the opposition
efforts and emphasized that the filibuster night was waste of public