Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on the Union of Local Authorities to end their strike that saw municipal services and special education institutions shut down throughout the country Monday. Most of the mayors' demands, Netanyahu said, can be met within a short period of time.
"I call upon [the mayors] to end the strike. Most want to answer my request," he added.The prime minister, however, said that Israel will not expand its budget beyond the country's means, noting that 10 countries recently had their Standard and Poors rating lowered. "Ours was raised because of our responsible policies."