Israeli Arab leadership-Finance Ministry far apart on budget talks as strike, protests loom

Talks between Israeli Arab leaders and the Finance Ministry on Sunday did not reach a breakthrough and the threatened strike and protests by the Arab sector remain scheduled for later this week, those close to the talks told The Jerusalem Post.

MK Yousef Jabareen (Hadash) told the Post that the government offered a 200 million shekel increase to this year’s budget to enable the continuous functioning of Arab localities, but the Arab leadership is asking for 600m.

“I recommend to refuse the offer and stick to the strike,” said Jabareen.


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