Kahlon on price protests: Take off the vests, we’ve got this

Moshe Kahlon leads a faction meeting in the Knesset on December 17, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is dismissing spreading protests over expected price hikes on consumer goods.

“Calm down guys, you can take off the vests, we’re taking care of it,” he says at a faction meeting for his Kulanu party, according to the Ynet news site.

The comment is a reference to the yellow vest protests over fuel prices that have rocked France in recent weeks, and have since spread to Israel on a smaller scale.

Israeli yellow vest protesters march in Tel Aviv on December 14, 2018. (Gili Yaari/FLASH90)

A number of yellow vest protests have taken place against the country’s high cost of living, and more are planned, amid plans for foodmaker Osem, the electric company, and others to raise prices beginning next year.

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