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World Israel: Parliament adopts budget 2021 before a key vote on 2022

11:30  04 november  2021
11:30  04 november  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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"Day of celebration for the State of Israel!", Welcomed the Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett after the approval of this budget by 61 votes against 59.

"After years of chaos, we formed a Government, we defeated the delta, and now, God be praised, we had a budget for Israel, "he added.

Between December 2018 and last June, Israel was immersed in an unprecedented political crisis that led to the holding of four anticipated elections and prevented parliamentarians from agreeing on a budget.

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The budget vote is considered the first real test for the Naftali Bennett coalition that succeeded June in Benjamin Netanyahu at the head of the Israeli government.

The adoption of budget 2021 was done by a series of votes that spread over the evening and night before its approval at five o'clock in the morning (03:00 GMT).

But the part between the coalition in power and the opposition led by the former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies of the religious right is not quite completed: the debates must resume Thursday for adoption 2022 budget that could intervene Friday, or Sunday.


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"we still have a long day in front of us," wrote on Twitter the head of the diplomacy Yaïr Lapid, leader of the centrist party YESH ATID, co-chief of the coalition (right, center, left, Arabic) since last June.

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The coalition led by MM. Bennett and Mr. Lapid succeeded in June 2021 at the last government of Benjamin Netanyahu to put a stop at three years of an unprecedented political crisis.

For the first time in the history of Israel, an Arab party - Moderate Islamists of the Raam Training of Mansour Abbas- supports a coalition in power. And this support allowed the coalition to bring 61 votes, the threshold of the majority, during the vote for the budget.

Moreover, in recent weeks, the government has adopted a help plan for more than eight billion euros over five years for the Israeli Arab minority (20% of the country's population), which, according to Analysts, provided support for the budget of the Mansour Abbas Training.

Israeli media reported attempts at the opposition, led by the Likoud right party of Mr. Netanyahu and religious parties, to convince a member of the government to vote against the budget, which would result in further elections.

and Tuesday evening, hundreds of right-wing protesters opposed to the coalition government protested in the center of Tel Aviv to denounce a "corrupt" budget. But these presumed manifestations and attempts of the opposition to rally a deputy of the government have so far did not derail the approval of the budget.

The latter provides for expenses of 609 billion Shekels (more than 167 billion euros) in 2021 and 573 billion (over 157 billion euros) in 2022.

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