Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin issued a statement, Monday, ahead of the afternoon's special plenary session on budget cuts and tax hikes approved by the cabinet last week. Rivlin wrote, "There is no doubt that the government is engaged in a necessary and urgent matter - curbing the economic crisis." Responding to criticism of the apparently fast track the economic measures have taken, he said, "The Knesset has held hearings in the Finance Committee and other committees on all the aspects the involved economic laws. The discussion included the public and we allowed every relevant entity to make its position heard. Even today in the Finance Committee, there will be a discussion to clarify additional points, if necessary."
"In any case, the Knesset's duty is to decide the disputed issues. This is its role and what makes it essential - and if it doesn't do so, they will correctly claim that it's irrelevant. This is not underhanded opportunism, but the need for a decision and a determination."