Housing Minister Ariel Attias said, Thursday, that his Shas party will oppose tax hikes and budget cuts when they are presented to the cabinet on Monday. Referring to a larger-than-expected 2013 budget deficit during an interview by Israel Defense Forces Radio, Attias said, "We think it is wrong to raise taxes now. We should look at the overall plan and not move it from place to place every time [there is a problem]."
He continued, "The easiest and most cruel thing, on the other hand, is to come and say 'We are raising one and this is across the board.' Across the board is the middle class and below."