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MK Miri Regev (Likud) slammed the Trajtenberg Committee’s report, following the
press conference on the committee’s findings on Monday.
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new here,” she said. “There is no news for the people of Israel, who will wake
up in the morning and continue paying the expensive cost of living.
middle class who is working, paying taxes and doing reserve duty will continue
to crash under the burden of high taxes,” Regev explained, demanding that Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu act immediately “to ensure that the cost of living
will be significantly lowered, so that citizens can buy or rent homes for a
“That is the only way to answer the public protests,”
Regev added. “There is no reason to continue a situation in which a young couple
cannot buy a home in Israel.
Houses are not only for the
Regev said that she supports the committee’s recommendations on
early childhood education and direct taxation, but said “these are only a drop
in the ocean,” and that Trajtenberg did not “give a real answer to the housing
crisis or the cost of living.”
“The recommendations do not give hope to
young people or justice to the weak and the elderly,” she
According to newly-elected Labor Party chairwoman Shelly
Yacimovich, Trajtenberg’s recommendations “cynically take advantage of the
protests in order to implement a deeply capitalist policy.”
Trajtenberg Committee’s recommendations are part of the same disease that led to
wider gaps, a crashing middle class and poverty among working people, and
certainly not part of the medicine,” Yacimovich said.
without limits will leave thousands without jobs and destroy Israeli industry,”
“Trajtenberg’s recommendations are pointless as long as they
do not include a larger budget and do not utilize the massive surplus from tax
collection,” Yacimovich explained. “This is nothing but a game played within the
budget’s framework that probably will never even be implemented.”
called the Trajtenberg Committee’s report “a resounding
“The Israeli public expected a true change in the
state’s priorities, but received a manufactured attempt to cover up the social
outcry with a bandage,” a party spokesman said.
Kadima leader Tzipi Livni
demanded from Netanyahu to shorten the Knesset’s summer recess, which ends in
October, immediately, so that a new budget may be drafted.
appointed Knesset Control Committee chairman Ronnie Bar-On (Kadima) to study the
report and propose an alternative plan of action.
“The report seems to
have correct, but incomplete recommendations that must stand the test of
implementation,” the party spokesman explained. “They do not hide the massive
gap that remains between the just demands of hundreds of thousands who took to
the streets, and the result that makes the Netanyahu government’s crooked
Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz called the committee
meant to respond to social protests “Trajtenbluff.”
findings only scratch the surface of the problem,” Horowitz said.
supposed to implement them? Netanyahu? Ministry of Finance bureaucrats? The
Knesset Finance Committee, which is run by UTJ? Just like Manuel Trajtenberg
himself said: Most of the crises are left without a solution.”
added: “The problem is still our prime minister, and as long as he stays, it
will not end.”
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