Smotrich defends decision not to transfer funds to Arab localities ‘without oversight mechanisms’

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich speaks during a press conference at the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem on August 9, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich speaks during a press conference at the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem on August 9, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich doubles down on his refusal to transfer funds from his ministry to Arab municipalities, saying it would only happen once oversight mechanisms have been put in place.

“Despite all the pressures and the false campaign against me, I am announcing that I will not allow the funds to be transferred without clear mechanisms to ensure that they will reach their destination, and not go to criminal organizations, or incitement to terrorism,” Smotrich says in a speech from the ministry.

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