Ze'ev Elkin
Ze'ev ElkinArutz Sheva

National Unity MK Ze'ev Elkin slammed the State budget, claiming that it harms the elderly.

"With all due respect to political quiet in the government, the State budget cannot become a coalition budget, and that is what is happening here," Elkin told 103 FM Radio. "What angers me most is - you don't want to give new things, but how can you cancel existing things?"

"This is a perfect example of a priority list that in my eyes is wrong. If you harm the most needy of the elderly, and you take the little which it has already been decided to give them and you pass a section granting aid to elderly haredim, that is exactly an example of what turns the State budget into a sector budget.

He added, "I think that passing a budget strengthens every government. This government will continue to be a squabbling and divided government. I worry that it will last some time more, because at the end of the day its weakness is its strength. I don't believe it will take three or four years, but it won't happen tomorrow morning. They will continue to squeeze [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and to receive what they want from him."

On Monday, the coalition overcame a major obstacle to the passage of the State budget after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir (Otzma Yehudit) on an increased budget for the Negev and the Galilee.

On Tuesday, the Knesset is expected to hold second and third readings for the State budget.