Netanyahu Marks Budget as First Priority


With a new government almost ready to present to President Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu left no doubt on Thursday that coalition-building efforts have not distracted him from the pressing problems of governance.

“The government’s first task is to pass a budget, a budget that will protect the Israeli economy, will continue to do what we’ve done, will continue to ensure growth, and growth which will ensure jobs in the Israeli economy. I will give my full support for the passage of a responsible budget,” Netanyahu told a meeting of Likud ministers.

“We will continue to protect the Israeli economy from the global upheaval and ensure growth,” continued Netanyahu. “We will do what is necessary on both the diplomatic and security side to bring good news to Israel.”