Deri deal clears path for budget

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet is expected to pass the 2015-16 state budget Wednesday, after a preliminary agreement was reached Tuesday with Shas on fighting poverty.

The budget will still have to pass in the Knesset – a much tougher task due to Netanyahu’s narrow majority and the opposition of Bayit Yehudi and United Torah Judaism MKs, who are trying to prevent cuts in the Education and Health ministries they control.

“There are always demands for more than what is possible, but in the end, correct decisions are made, and that is what will happen this time, too,” Netanyahu said at the start of Tuesday’s socioeconomic cabinet meeting. “Israel will have a budget, because if not, Israel will have no government.


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