Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday that while he respected the protesters who are calling for a more affordable standard of living in Israel, it appeared that many Israelis were doing rather well. “I have no doubt that all the protesters – the doctors, the police, the dairy farmers – are all correct in their claims. The question is, how to we proceed? We have a half empty glass, but also a half full glass, and we cannot forget this, and especially our most important asset, which is economic stability. Despite all the pressures we must not do anything to upset this stability, as the first victims of such change will be the middle class and the poor.”
Lieberman told cabinet members of his experiences seeking a place to eat in Tel Aviv Saturday night. “Despite the protests there was not one empty seat in any restaurant. I was accompanying a visitor form the U.S. and we could not get reservations anywhere – everything was full. I was in the Neveh Tzedek neighborhood, by the way, and there were students and new immigrants in the restaurants – not tycoons,” he added.