Netanyahu and Kahlon
Photos: Yogev Atias & Barel Ephraim
Kahlon vs. Netanyahu continues to financial plan
Coalition Chairman David Bitan threatens that funds will not be transferred to the financial plan presented by Kahlon 'if the disabilities problem is not resolved'; Netanyahu's camp says, 'The proposals are on the right track.'
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not briefed on the financial plan presented Tuesday by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, but sources close to him said that "the proposals presented will be examined in a positive manner."



Coalition Chairman David Bitan threatened that budgets will not be transferred until "the problem of the disabled is resolved."


(Photo: Yogev Atias, Barel Ephraim)
(Photo: Yogev Atias, Barel Ephraim)


Sources close to the prime minister said Tuesday evening that "the government's policy is to reduce the cost of living and to encourage employment, and the proposals presented are in the right direction and will be examined positively."


The current row followed the fact that Kahlon neglected to update Netanyahu of the press conference.


Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said that "the Finance Ministry keeps a tight lid on the content of its press conferences until the moment of truth, and while it is not customary to update the ministers. However… if the matter at hand involves a dramatic move, and this is a dramatic move, in the past, it was at least customary for the prime minister to not hear about it in the media. I have no idea what happened in this case."


"The significant increase in disability benefits is the most important thing at the moment, and until it is realized, there is no significance to the newly presented plans," Bitan said, adding that "we will not allow any budgetary transfers until the problem of the disabled is resolved."


(Translated and edited by N. Elias)


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