Lapid assails proposed budget: ‘They’re using our money to destroy our kids’ future’

Opposition leader Yair Lapid holds a press conference on the upcoming state budget, in Tel Aviv, May 16, 2023. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Opposition leader Yair Lapid holds a press conference on the upcoming state budget, in Tel Aviv, May 16, 2023. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Opposition leader Yair Lapid tears into the government’s proposed state budget, accusing the government of not addressing rising prices and endangering the country’s economic future.

“They are using our money to destroy our children’s future. Our children will now need to support the children who don’t study core subjects,” Lapid tells Channel 12 news, in a criticism of slated funding for ultra-Orthodox institutions.

“This is a fire sale of all that’s good for the Israeli economy,” he adds.

Lapid also addresses the ongoing talks on judicial reform at the President’s Residence, as protests against the government’s plans to overhaul the judiciary resume this evening, describing them as “fateful” for Israeli democracy.

“I’m the guy who refused time after time to enter a Netanyahu government,” he says, in apparent pushback of criticism by protesters over his participation in the talks. “It’s always difficult to do deals with him, it’s a problem of trust.”

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