Israel’s Prime Minister Promises Financial Aid as Thousands Protest in Tel Aviv
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is repeating his promise to provide speedy financial help for self-employed workers after thousands protested what they see as a failed government response to the economic crisis wrought by the coronavirus.
Netanyahu said at his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday that workers would receive an immediate stipend of several thousands of shekels and could expect a safety net for the next 12 months.
He said he would to ease bureaucratic hurdles and would hold dialogues with workers’ representative to solve outstanding issues.
Netanyahu’s remarks come after some 10,000 people demonstrated in central Tel Aviv Saturday, demanding that the government fulfils the promises it made to assist Israelis imperilled financially because of the virus restrictions.
The protests came as anger has swelled over Netanyahu’s handling of the crisis. Critics say the money promised in previous plans hasn’t been doled out. Israel recently reimposed restrictions, closing bars, events spaces and other venues, because of a spike in coronavirus cases.
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