Opposition Leader Shelly Yechimovich told the cabinet, Monday, not to accept the budget submitted by Treasurer Yair Lapid "as the one and only". The Labor party leader warned, in a document, of the budget's potential to the poor and middle classes, as well as the risk of recession.
The document cited what Yechmovich called suppression of economic activity, as well as a lack of impetus for growth and forces to shrink the deficit. She said the poverty rate was rising at a dangerous rate and there was an uprecedented group of sectors that would be harmed by the budget as it now stands. The document included a graph indicating that those earning in the top ten percent would pay for only 2.2 percent of the budget balancing measures, while the bottom ten percent would pay 25.1 percent.