Outgoing Budget Director Udi Nissan rejected, Tuesday, the connection claimed by social protesters between the cost of living and government expenditures in Judea and Samaria. Interviewed by the Ha'aretz financial publication The Marker, Nissan said funding in the region was efficient and fair, as was funding in the hareidi religious community. Referring to Judea and Samaria, he said that infrastructure expenses that accompanied the beginning of development in the area are a thing of the past.
Nissan said the questions of taxes and balancing security costs against welfare costs were important. He blamed high prices on a lack of competition but said Israel's economy is good and its successful economic policy should not be tampered with.