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Opposition: Trajtenberg a ‘Horrible’ Decision

Opposition parties slam the Netanyahu administration over its approval of Trajtenberg. Kadima: Israel needs budget overhaul.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 10/9/2011, 8:43 PM

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Opposition parties slammed the Netanyahu administration on Sunday for its approval of the Trajtenberg Committee’s recommendations. The planned changes do not go far enough, said members of Kadima and Labor.

“The report doesn’t reflect the new order of priorities that the people demanded,” said a statement from Kadima. “It is partial and insufficient.”

Ministers who voted for the proposal “supported it because they thought about their own political survival,” the statement continued. “Kadima repeats its call to Netanyahu to bring a new budget for 2012 that will reflect a new order of priorities, and its call to the public to see what motivates their elected leaders – a change in national priorities, or fear for their political careers.”

Netanyahu and his top financial advisors have argued that reopening the budget could lead to a financial crisis.

MK Shelly Yechimovich, the newly elected head of the Labor party, said, “This is a horrible decision. The government essentially voted for a series of changes… some of which are very harmful, others of which are nothing but recycled existing decisions, and most of which will not be fulfilled either way.”

Her follow Labor party MK, Eitan Cabel, stated that the authorization of the report “is final proof of [Netanyahu’s] lack of desire to bring real change.” The prime minister will pay the price during the next elections, he said.