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        7/29/2013, Av 22, 5773

      Knesset Budget Marathon Starts Monday Morning


      Debate on the 2013-2014 budget and Financial Arrangements Law is scheduled to resume, Monday morning, with a vote on its second and third reading expected on Tuesday morning. Many Knesset members are expected to speak, including Finance Minister Yair Lapid, Finance Committee Chairman Nissan Slomiansky, Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and Opposition Leader Shelly Yechimovich.

      Following the speeches will be voting on more than 4,000 exceptions to the budget. Passage of the budget, including defeat of the exceptions, is expected by a narrow margin. Member of Knesset Moshe Feiglin (Likud Beyteinu) has called on his colleagues to vote against the budget in protest of Sunday's vote by the cabinet to release 104 terrorists as part of the package that lead to Monday evening's renewal of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.