Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s number two in Likud, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, vowed Monday to vote against the 2015-2016 state budget when it comes to a vote in the cabinet Wednesday, unless he receives a promised NIS 300 million boost for police on the streets in 2016 and NIS 500 million for the year after.
Erdan, who is strong in Likud, joined Shas and Bayit Yehudi ministers in opposing the budget. Nevertheless, Finance Ministry officials said Monday that it would pass easily among the ministers in the socioeconomic cabinet Tuesday and in the cabinet Wednesday. The officials said they expected their real challenge to come when the Knesset votes on the budget, because
Netanyahu’s coalition has only 61 MKs and no opposition legislators intend to support it.