Full Text Israel Political Brief August 13, 2015: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Press Conference on the Natural Gas Outline Transcript



PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Press Conference on the Natural Gas Outline

Source: PMO, 8-13-15
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Thursday, 13 August 2015), made the following remarks at the start of a press conference on the natural gas outline, in which National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Minister Dr. Yuval Steinitz also participated:

“First of all, I would like to thank Minister Yuval Steinitz for leading the work, Professor Sheshinski, Amir Levy, Morris Dorfman, Professor Eugene Kandel, Alex Warshavsky and all those who shared in this difficult and important work.

The outline that has been achieved puts the interests of the State of Israel at the center. It puts the citizens of Israel, Israeli industry, the Israeli economy and Israeli society at the center. I thank Minister Steinitz and this team for reaching an agreement that will bring Israel’s citizens hundreds of billions of shekels in the coming years, hundreds of billions of shekels. This money will serve us in health, education and social welfare.

The gas that will flow to Israel will also lower the cost of living because gas is an energy that is significantly cheaper than others; therefore, this will help us lower the cost of living. It costs less to work with gas. Prices will be lower. This is of unparalleled importance. And, of course, this will also help us in developing industry and the periphery and will thereby help to create new jobs, growth, a lower cost of living, employment, energy security, and a cleaner environment – we do not want to pollute the environment. This is cheaper and cleaner energy.

There is every reason to do this. There is every reason to adopt this outline. We will not get into populism; I said so at the outset. We will extract the gas from the seabed and we will bring it to the State of Israel. I am certain that after every possible inquiry, a majority of Israel’s citizens will be convinced that the outline we have reached is a good outline for the State of Israel.

I will submit this outline to the Cabinet on Sunday. I am certain that we will pass it by a large majority, and rightly so, and we will move forward with it for the benefit of the Israeli economy and Israel’s citizens.

Again, I thank my friends here, everyone, but especially you Yuval. You did good and important work for the State of Israel.”

Israel Political Brief March 3, 2013: Israel’s finance minister Yuval Steinitz worries about sequestration effects



Israel’s finance chief worries about sequestration effects

Source: JTA, 3-3-13

Israel’s finance minister expressed concern that U.S. financial difficulties would affect Israel’s economy…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 16, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Achieves Agreement on Establishing a National Fire and Rescue Service



Agreement Achieved on Establishing a National Fire and Rescue Service

Source: PMO, 7-16-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Finance Minister Dr. Yuval Steinitz and Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, today, presented the reform of the fire service. In the framework of the reform, a national fire and rescue service will be established to replace the local fire services in the local authorities; the fire service budget will also be increased to NIS 1 billion. The budgetary outline for implementing the reform was formulated by Prime Minister’s Office Director-General Harel Locker; the base for the fire service budget, which currently stands at NIS 700 million, will be increased by NIS 300 million over the next six years, NIS 100 million of which will be allocated in 2013.

The Knesset Interior Committee is expected to approve the reform today ahead of its second and third readings in the plenum next Monday.

Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked Ministers Steinitz and Aharonovitch, Deputy Finance Minister Yitzhak Cohen, Knesset Finance Committee Chairman Moshe Gafni, PMO Director-General Locker and Fire and Rescue Service Commissioner Shahar Ayalon for the joint effort that led to the formulation of the reform. “I would like to thank the firefighters and their commander, Shahar Ayalon, who battle amidst the heat on the fireline. This war against fires is effective and we see the results. For the first time in many years, we are submitting a national fire service with one commander and two arms – the ground arm, which has been upgraded, and the aerial arm, which has been established. Part of these changes have already taken effect and what we have seen until today, that over 200 fires have been extinguished since the Carmel wildfire, without developing into massive fires, is the result of the upgrade that has been done,” the Prime Minister said.

Public Security Minister Aharonovitch said, “We are witnessing an historic day and are in a completely different place than where we were one-and-a-half years ago. There is a great change here. We saw the results yesterday as well, with the dramatic change effected by the planes and their many sorties. We have entered a new era and I hope that next Monday, we will have a law that we can all welcome.”

Finance Minister Steinitz said, “The State of Israel has been waiting for this reform for 20 years, a reform that puts in place a single national fire service, with one command, with the ability to move efficiently from place to place. The reform also needs financing and the budget that we are talking about today will go directly toward financing the reform and promises a genuine improvement in the fire service.”

Fire and Rescue Service Commissioner Ayalon said, “This is an historic process and an historic moment. Now, for me, the work on building a fire service begins. I would like to thank everyone for the expedited work on the reform.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 26, 2012: Statement by PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz After Their Meeting on Deficit Spending



Statement by PM Netanyahu and Finance Minister Steinitz

Photo by GPO

Source: PMO, 6-26-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz issued the following statements after their meeting this morning:

Prime Minster Netanyahu: “I have decided to adopt Finance Minister Steinitz’s recommendation on the deficit outline. I think that we will also maintain fiscal responsibility and a responsible and real economic framework for the State of Israel. But, of course, we will need to adopt a series of steps that the Finance Ministry will submit to us in order to ensure that this framework will indeed take place. In so doing, we will maintain important national programs such as blocking the entry of infiltrators and the free education law that we will apply in another two months.”

Finance Minister Steinitz: “After a long series of discussions at the Finance Ministry, with the participation of Bank of Israel and Prime Minister’s Office representatives, I have decided to update the 2013 deficit target to 3%.

Following the sharp slowdown in Europe, we have a decline in state revenues in Israel; therefore, we must update the deficit target. This is still a challenging and conservative deficit target that is lower than in most Western countries and we will need to make an effort over the coming weeks to submit steps to the Government in order to meet this deficit target.

We also decided to set long-term deficit targets – lowering the deficit to 2% by 2016 and 1.5% by 2019, and to maintain the original goal that we decided upon, which is the most important, of lowering Israel’s debt-to-GDP ratio to around 60% in 2020. In the coming weeks, we will present a plan to meet these targets.

I also met with the Prime Minister yesterday evening and I received his agreement to submit this decision for Cabinet approval on Sunday, July 1.”

Israel Political Brief December 4, 2011: Israeli lawmakers oppose Hillary Clinton’s criticisms of Israeli democracy at Saban Forum



Clinton’s criticisms of Israeli democracy raise hackles

Source: JTA, 12-4-11

Israeli lawmakers rejected U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s criticisms of Israeli democracy made during a closed forum in Washington.

Clinton reportedly rapped two bills making their way through the Knesset that would restrict funding to left-leaning human rights organizations, as well as the marginalization of women in Israel, citing the examples of religious Israeli soldiers leaving programs that feature women singing and women sitting in the back of the bus on some religious bus lines.

She reportedly made the comments, which were reported in the Israeli media, during a closed session Saturday of the Saban Forum attended by American and Israeli political figures.

“Israel is a living, breathing liberal democracy,” Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said at the start of Israel’s weekly Cabinet meeting. “The issue of the exclusion of women and separation is unacceptable and must be stopped, but to claim there is a threat on Israeli democracy is a big stretch.”

Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan called on “elected officials around the world [to] examine their domestic problems first.” He added, “I hope that government steps will demonstrate our commitment to equality between men and women.”

Israel Economic Protests: Netanyahu Refuses to Speak to Protesters


Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-1-11

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this netanyahu protestsevening that he is not prepared to negotiate with the protesters, or even meet with them. However, while he is not ready to hold talks directly with them, he said that they were “invited to talk to Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz.”

Earlier today Netanyahu had told a meeting of the Likud faction in the Knesset that, “The claims being made on the streets are justified and therefore we need to deal with it but without harming the business sector.”

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