Treasury rolls out controversial wartime budget update ahead of Knesset vote

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

The Finance Ministry has submitted its controversial wartime budget update to the Knesset.

The NIS 30 billion budgetary reshuffle, meant to support Israel’s ongoing war against Hamas and to prop up the home front, is expected to come for its first of three votes on Wednesday.

Opposition parties and minority members of the coalition have lashed out against the budget, because it preserves about NIS 1 billion of discretionary funds to flow toward political promises, rather than reabsorbing those funds for the war effort.

The Knesset’s Finance Committee announces that it will be on standby to begin rapid discussions to prepare the bill for its second and third, final readings, expected next week.

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