Opposition leader Tzipi Livni 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni blasted Prime Minister Netanyahu Tuesday for failing to set a new agenda, saying his "failed" policies have led to a "farce" in the government.
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"We cannot end the issues with minor changes and moving money from sector to sector in the [Knesset] Finance Committee and relying on the Trajtenberg committee speech," Livni said.
"Netanyahu's failed attempts to buy votes in the government instead of accepting the decisions I laid out led to the farce that occurred yesterday in the government." Netanyahu postponed a cabinet vote
on the Trajtenberg Committee for Socioeconomic Change's findings Monday after failing to gain backing from a majority of ministers.
The report, which recommended expanding early childhood education,
raising employers’ share in national insurance payments and temporarily
eliminating import taxes, received praise from Bank of Israel Governor
Stanley Fischer. However, the Histadrut labor federation and the
Manufacturers’ Association criticized the recommendations, while the
Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce offered mixed reviews.
Netanyahu's inability to gather support for the controversial report may
provide a political opportunity for Livni, who hopes for further
divisions among the heretofore stable ruling coalition.
a statement by protest leaders, Livni demanded that Netanyahu submit a
new budget for 2012 increasing the age for free compulsory education,
subsidizing day care and funding affordable housing projects.
fact we previously refused to pay sectors and parties just to sit on
their work chairs, and the fact that we present a real alternative, will
lead to change," Livni said.
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