PM, coalition party leaders to discuss new periphery tax cuts amid protests

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a meeting of leaders of coalition parties Monday evening, as protests raged in Jerusalem and a strike in the Western Galilee continued against proposed changes to the criteria for periphery residents to receive tax benefits.

Likud mayors and party activists pressured MKs in recent days to change the criteria, by which some residents of some towns will have a smaller tax cut than they did in previous years.

For example, Ofakim Mayor Itzik Danino wrote to MK Miki Zohar (Likud), who is the coalition whip in the Knesset Finance Committee, demanding that the planned outline be canceled so that residents of Ofakim and other towns will not receive lower benefits.


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