Finance Minister Yair Lapid
slammed opponents Saturday for criticizing his economic policy, referring to them as "nervous schnauzers that were left in the rain."
The canine analogy was written in an email sent to supporters of Yesh Atid,
as Lapid wrote that all members of his party were "forced to deal on a daily basis with people looking at us with the eyes of nervous schnauzers that were left in the rain, letting us know 'they are disappointed.'"
"In the few times in which I managed to talk with those 'disappointment professionals,'" Lapid added, "they admitted, halfheartedly, that they also understand the deficit needed to be handled, and that they too are aware that in a judicial world one can't just take the money."
According to Lapid, his opponents know that "it's been years since one party has so dramatically changed national priorities."
The finance minister noted he felt "responsible to do what was right for the State and not what would gain him popularity."
The State budget for 2013-2014 fiscal years was received with great criticism by several parties and organizations. Opposition Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich
compared Lapid's policy to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's
during his term as finance minister a decade ago, and was joined by several other opposition members who dubbed Lapid's elections campaign "nonsense".
Lapid responded to the fierce criticism, and said: "I want to have a budget that gives, gives and gives. Give to the center and the periphery, to young and old, to lower income tax to 2%, to eliminate VAT, to give every worker a car and every family a plane. Now that we're done with the fantasy world, let's get back to the real world, with a real budget that needs to be submitted by a real Knesset."
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