The Knesset voted Wednesday to reject two laws proposed by Kadima party MKs that would have limited the amount of tax the government can levy on the purchase of gasoline. The bills were proposed as gasoline approaches a new record high price of more than 8 shekels a liter at a full-service pump.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu left the Knesset hall as his opponents criticized him over the gas tax. Kadima MKs later said, “Netanyahu and [Finance Minister] Steinitz ran away but the edict on gasoline remains. The Netanyahu tax administration is squeezing the public to the last drop, and is destroying the middle class and weaker sectors of society.”