Lapid suggests using coalition slush fund to help the south instead

Opposition leader Yair Lapid calls acerbically for Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich to use NIS 9 billion ($2.2 billion) of discretionary coalition funds in the state budget to help southern Israel and the war effort after the devastating Hamas attacks of October 7.

“You have NIS 9 billion of coalition funds earmarked for political bribes — let’s together pass a law immediately that will transfer the money to dealing with the war, the residents of Sderot, Be’eri and Kfar Aza, protection for Ashkelon, citizens in [financial] ruin,” he writes on X.

Smotrich is due to chair an emergency meeting on funding the war and related expenses today.

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