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  7/28/2011, Tammuz 26, 5771

Simchon: Give PM a Break


Speaking at a meeting of top municipality and local authority officials in Be'ersheva Thursday, Industry, Trade, and Labor Minister Shalom Simchon said that while he understood – and justified – the concerns and worries of protesters who are demanding affordable housing, food, and cost of living expenses, they needed to realize that the repair process would be lengthy, and that it was unfair to plane Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Simchon said that the current crisis was also an opportunity to encourage people to move to the periphery, to open up the economy to competition from foreign sources, and to reform bureaucracy. But as the problems did not develop overnight, they would require time to be repaired.

“In my opinion, even if the Prime Minister were to fly over Israel in a helicopter and throw money down, no one would applaud for him,” Simchon said.