בנימין נתניהו
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a cash stipend for all citizens earlier this month
Photo: GPO
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a cash stipend for all citizens earlier this month

Government okays virus bonus for every Israeli

All ministers but two from Blue & White back staggered payments of between NIS 750 and 3,000 for all adults, which Netanyahu says will help jump start stagnating economy; legislation now heads to Knesset for its preliminary vote

Itamar Eichner |
Published: 07.26.20 , 15:42
The government on Sunday approved legislation for a one-off payment for every Israeli adult to assist with financial difficulties created by the coronavirus pandemic, hoping that this would also help jump start the economy after extended closure.
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  • Netanyahu originally announced that the government would award NIS 750 to every adult without children, NIS 2,000 to households with one child, NIS 2,500 for households with two children and NIS 3,000 for households with at least three children.
    בנימין נתניהובנימין נתניהו
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a cash stipend for all citizens earlier this month
    (Photo: GPO)
    But last week, the inner cabinet of Netanyahu, Finance Minister Israel Katz, Economy Minister Amir Peretz and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz approved an additional NIS 750 to those receiving state benefits including pensioners, the disabled, recipients of income support and new immigrants.
    On Sunday, every member of the cabinet approved the plan with the exception of Blue & White ministers Orit Farkash Hacohen and Michael Biton.
    Katz said in the debate before the vote that the government must also pass a state budget or the school year will be unable to start on time due to a lack of funding.
    The legislation will be presented for its preliminary reading in the Knesset on Monday.
    עמיר פרץ ,בנימין גנץ, בנימין נתניהו וישראל כץעמיר פרץ ,בנימין גנץ, בנימין נתניהו וישראל כץ
    L-R: Finance Minister Israel Katz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz and Economy Minister Amir Peretz
    (Photos: Avi Moalem and GPO)
    The plan has drawn condemnation from many economists and the opposition parties, who branded it an attempt to buy off the public in order to end the demonstrations over the prime minister's handling of the pandemic and to distract from his corruption trial.
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