Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch expressed disappointment that his office's budget was cut by NIS 700 million in an interview with Israel Radio.
"If the government doesn't fund the office, Israeli society will be harmed," Aharonovitch said. "There is a need to strengthen the police and the prison service. The ministry can't be run [without additional funding.]"
Aharonovitch also protested his party's treatment in the government meeting. "Israel Beiteinu is the senior partner [in the coalition], but we're treated otherwise. I say to the government and to the prime minister: we'll meet in the Knesset. We're voting against the budget - it will not pass!"
Israel Beiteinu's ministers stormed out of the government meeting, and plan to vote against the budget in the Knesset.