Daily Israel Report

Gov't Approved Trajtenberg Report on Socio-Economic Reforms

21 ministers voted in favor, 8 against. Netanyahu saves face after failing to get approval last week. Shas opposes report.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 10/9/2011, 4:38 PM

Professor Manuel Trajtenberg
Professor Manuel Trajtenberg
Flash 90

The government voted Sunday to accept the conclusions of the Trajtenberg Committee for Social and Economic Change, which was established in response to the massive "social justice" rallies that dominated Israeli news over the summer.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said after the vote: "I made a promise and stood by it. The Trajtenberg Report is good for the citizens of Israel."

"It lowers the cost of living, cuts taxes, enlarges free income, participates meaningfully in education for younger children and makes housing more affordable."

The vote Sunday is a face saver for Netanyahu, who suffered a rare setback last week when he failed to get a ministerial majority to approve the report, despite a 9-hour marathon of political pressure and maneuvers.

Shas was expected to vote against the report. It says it does not provide succor for the weak segments of society. Shas leader Eli Yishai has promised to block approval of the committee's recommendations in the Knesset unless this matter is resolved.

Yisrael Beitenu was expected to support the report, despite opposing it last week. The change came about when certain changes were made in it, including increased benefits for army veterans and working families, at the expense of families with many children.