The 2015/16 state budget was expected to pass by morning after marathon negotiations among ministers and Finance Ministry officials at the Prime Minister’s Office that stretched late into the night.
There was already a majority for the budget from Likud ministers, many of whom went home and left votes in favor on notes of paper. But Finance Ministry officials continued negotiating with Shas and Bayit Yehudi ministers in an effort to receive their support as well.
“The teams will continue working to solve remaining differences with [Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali] Bennett and [Shas leader Arye] Deri,” a source at the Prime Minister’s Office present for the deliberations said late Wednesday night. “There are enough hands and notes in favor.