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Political: March 5, 2012

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The Knesset’s Finance Committee approved (Haaretz) within a little more than an hour and fifteen minutes budget changes worth 15 billion Shekels.  The committee members were presented with booklets hundreds of pages long and including thousands of changes and fund transfers.  The committee did not discuss each of the items individually, and voting was held on each of the two booklets as a whole.  One of the booklets was presented to the members last week, while the other one was handed to them during the hearing, a short time before voting commenced.

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March 5th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Political: January 4, 2012

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Seven months after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced its creation, the new taskforce against cyber-terror officially started operations, but without a budget or jurisdiction.  The preferred head of the unit, Brigadier General Yair Cohen, a former head of the Intelligence Command’s unit 8200, has refused the job after seeing that he would not receive the necessary resources to fulfill the task force’s mandate.

 

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January 4th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Media: December 29, 2011‎

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The Israel Broadcast Authority refuses to disclose its budget for 2011 and its proposed budget for 2012.

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December 29th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Political: November 24, 2011‎

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The Knesset Education and Culture Committee approved for first reading a bill that applies the museum law to Jewish settlements. If the bill will be accepted, 15 museum on the West bank will be able to receive state funding.

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November 24th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Military and Security Forces: April 27, 2011

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Despite a Security Cabinet decision to provide ABC protection kits to 100% of the population, in practice more than 55% are unprotected, due to lack of budget.

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April 27th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Political: 31 December, 2010

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The national budget for 2011-2012 allocates approximately 2 billion NIS to settlements and to the service and security of settlers. This figure does not include millions of NIS hidden in other line items of the budget. For example, the new budget allocates 58 million NIS for the development of the Maale Edomim settlelement in 2011, and 31 million NIS for its development in 2012. Additionally, 238 million NIS will be invested over the next two years in the development of the Har Homa settlement neighborhood, which is under the municipal jurisdiction of Jerusalem. (Hebrew)

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December 31st, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Economy: 15 December 2010

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The Budget Department of the Ministry of Treasury refuses to provide the members of Knesset with the detailed state budget for 2011-2012. Treasury has refused requests requests to view the detailed budget to the cabinet minister responsible for improving services to the public, Michael Eitan, and to another minister. Treasury Minister Yuval Steinitz and Treasury Budget Department Chief Udi Nissan claim that publishing the budget at this time would ignite disputes that would make it harder to get the final approval for the budget. The Freedom of Information Movement also asked the Treasury for the budget, but Annette Kleiman, who is responsible for freedom of information at the Treasury, said that “the proposed budget cannot be sent out today, as it is not a final budget, which has passed a second and third vote at the Knesset.” (Hebrew)

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December 18th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Economy: 3rd December, 2010

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Israeli firefighting services are empowered to employ 1,300 firefighters – one firefighter per 7,000 residents. The average in the western world is one firefighter per 1,000 residents. The firefighters complain of old and broken equipment, inadequate supplies, low average of training and lack of coordination among bodies which are supposed to supervise and budget them. (Hebrew)

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December 4th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Political: 3rd November, 2010

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People in the Finance Ministry said they transferred 100 million NIS to the Ministry of the Interior, funds earmarked for the firefighting services, but the Ministry of the Interior made no use of the money. The Minister of the Interior, Eli Yishai, claims that 18 months ago he demanded a budget increase of 500 million NIS in order to improve the capabilities of the National Firefighting Array, According to Yishai, his office received only 70 million NIS, and it funneled them to the firefighting authorities within a month. (Hebrew)

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December 4th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Political: 26 October, 2010

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Even though the Labor party promised it will fight against funds dedicated to yeshiva students, over half of its MKs voted for (Hebrew) the new budget during its first reading, despite the fact that included those funds. The party claims that “without specific legislation, this is an inoperative law due to the Supreme Court’s decision. These funds are unreachable and, budget-wise, are meaningless”.

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October 26th, 2010 at 12:41 pm