Coalition infighting over settlement tax benefits continues

Coalition MKs in the Knesset Finance Committee sparred over whether to include the West Bank among regions that receive tax breaks, when the panel met on Thursday.

The Finance Committee was supposed to hold a vote on five to six percent tax breaks for the periphery on Wednesday, but Bayit Yehudi demanded that 60 West Bank towns classified as under a high security risk be included, or they will not vote for the tax breaks. Committee chairman Moshe Gafni (UTJ) said there is not enough money in the budget to add another region to the outline, and postponed the vote at the demand of Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, the minister for liaison with the Knesset.

On Thursday, Gafni said he took it upon himself to help the periphery and called on other MKs to do the same.


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