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Lieberman: Like Obama, MKs Should 'Donate' 10% of Salary

MK Avigdor Lieberman has suggested that Knesset members donate 10% of their salaries back to the government.
By David Lev
First Publish: 4/10/2013, 1:13 AM

Avigdor Lieberman
Avigdor Lieberman
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Following a trend among U.S. politicians, MK Avigdor Lieberman has suggested that Knesset members donate 10% of their salaries back to the government. The salary cut would be in effect until the end of 2014.

According to Lieberman, he discussed the idea with MKs in his Yisrael Beytenu party after a meeting Tuesday with government officials on the state budget. Writing on his Facebook page, Lieberman said that the state was in grave danger of overspending in the coming fiscal year, and that it was the responsibility of MKs to help out.

In recent weeks, a slew of U.S. politicians, from President Obama on down, have volunteered to donate a portion of their salary back to the government. Obama himself is returning 5% of his salary, in solidarity with government workers whose jobs are set to be cut because of the budget cuts caused by the sequestration process.

“We hope that the Prime Minister, Knesset chairman, and Finance Minister will support this proposal,” Lieberman wrote on his Facebook page. “Along with the budget savings, we will also present a positive role model for the state,” he added.

Lieberman added that he and his party backed Finance Minister Yair Lapid. “There is no doubt that it is easier to stand on the side and give advice than to take responsibility,” he wrote. “We do not act in this manner. We have thus decided that Yisrael Beytenu will give full support to Finance Minister Lapid and will vote for any budget he brings to the government.”