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January 18, 2017 / 20 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Moshe Kahlon’

Income Tax Employees’ ‘Italian Strike’ Threatening Israeli Economy

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Israel’s Tax Authority employees have been on an “Italian” slowdown strike, Globes reported on Sunday, citing a CFO who said all tax withholding and VAT payments have been frozen. He was told by TA staff: “We’re on sanctions.” According to other reports, the TA has not been approving real estate deals for some time, and tax collections are being delayed as well.

Seeing as the tax year is about to end, many fear that taxes withheld in 2016 but not transferred to the TA may not count towards their 2016 reports, but be applied instead to 2017, which could cause hardships to small businesses, to the point of endangering their very existence. “There’s no one to talk with,” the CFO told Globes.

President of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, CPA Izhar Kanne, has sent a letter to Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, warning that the log-term sanctions at he TA “cause mortal injury to the business and economic activities of the country’s citizens and inflict enormous damage on the national economy.”

According to Kanne, the sanctions are hurting the ongoing work of Israeli businesses with businesses abroad, as the absence of TA approval, payments from Israeli businesses and academic institutions to these providers are delayed, which could have dire consequences, especially to academic institutions. He also pointed out that thousands of young couples are unable to purchase their first home because the TA has not been issuing to them the necessary forms.

Eventually, Kanne predicted, “the routine work of Israeli CPOs will be damaged, resulting in a situation where unjust fines would be imposed on their clients, while the state treasury would be hurting as well.”

Talks between the union and the Finance Ministry will resume Sunday, according to Calcalist, and on Monday there will be a meeting with Shai Babad, Director of the Ministry of Finance. The TA employees have been clear: “The sanctions will be further increased if they don’t negotiate with us to raise workers’ salaries soon – the TA will be frozen completely.”

The only TA operation that continues to run smoothly with no interruptions is providing compensations to victims of the recent wave of fires. Otherwise, critical damages will ensue both to Israel’s economy and to individuals and businesses. Vadim Evenstein, Income Tax Employees’ Committee Chairman, told Globes that the past four weeks’ sanctions suspended, among other things, all assessment discussions, which have a Dec. 31 statutory limit, meaning that come Jan. 1 2017, they would be lost to the state. “In just one assessment department we have files worth one billion shekel,” he warned.

The employees blame the Finance Ministry for being entrenched in its refusal to discuss raises. Meanwhile, the same employees point out, Israeli banks have given as much as $400 a month in raises to their employees who are on a par with TA employees. “Our workers have degrees in accounting and other degrees, yet they receive the lowest wages – the highest academic status [in the civil service] with the lowest pay,” Evenstein told Globes. “Is it any wonder our most gifted workers leave after three or four years, having gained knowledge and experience?”

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PM Netanyahu Seeking 30-Day Amona Expulsion Delay

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the state will ask the High Court of Justice to delay the expulsion of Amona residents from their homes by 30 days.

The request will be based on the need to build new homes for the expelled residents, so the Amona evacuation does not end up becoming a repeat of the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza.

The prime minister said in his opening remarks to the cabinet Sunday morning, “We are working overtime to find a responsible solution to the issue of Amona and for similar cases in the future.”

Netanyahu met with a forum of coalition party leaders on Sunday afternoon to discuss the issue.

At that meeting, it was also decided to postpone the first Knesset plenum reading of the Regulation Bill. The measure would retroactively legalized communities built on privately-owned land, reimbursing the owners in the process.

The proposed law faces a number of problems, among them legal issues in the international forum that Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit has said he cannot counter. Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has also stated his refusal to support the bill in its current form.

The Bayit Yehudi party led by Naftali Bennett is warning, however, that it will leave the coalition if the issue of Amona is not resolved before the bill is passed. Both issues must be addressed, Bennett has said, for the party to remain in the government.

Hana Levi Julian

US SuperTanker Arrives as List of PyroTerror Arrests Grows

Friday, November 25th, 2016

The Boeing 747 SuperTanker from Colorado Springs arrived in Israel Friday evening, prior to the start of the Sabbath in New York, to help extinguish the flames raging across the Jewish State.

The SuperTanker in the largest firefighting aerial aircraft in the world and is capable of continuing to battle flames even after dark, while carrying up to 19,600 gallons of water or fire retardant. It also produces enough pressure to create eight rounds of a rain-like environment in fighting any blaze. Along with the SuperTanker, the United States has said it is sending 50 firefighters to Israel to help battle the flames.

Planes arrived and were on the way from numerous other nations as well, with Russian sending several, several times over.

The local municipality in Haifa has video evidence that the fire which ignited near the main fire depot in the port city was set deliberately, a spokesperson for the Haifa Fire Department announced Friday.

Spokesperson Uri Chibotaro told Israel’s Channel 2 television news the city has video evidence that proves the cause of the fire.

Chibotaro’s statement was backed up by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, who told Israel Radio in a separate interview that the blaze in Haifa — which sent some 75,000 residents of the city and its surrounds fleeing from their homes — there was proof indeed that the fire was an “intentional act of arson.”

At least 15 people are being held and are under investigation so far for allegations of arson and incitement to pyroterrorism, including six held in connection with the Haifa fire.

But at least two fire trucks were sent by the Palestinian Authority to help fight fires in Haifa, including those that reignited Friday due to the continued high winds. Palestinian Authority firefighting crews also worked together Friday morning with their Israeli counterparts to put out a fire in Sha’ar Haggai in the Jerusalem Hills.

In addition, Egypt has said it is sending two firefighting helicopters and Jordan has pledged several fire trucks to help its neighbor in the battle against the flames. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted all offers.

At least 700 homes were damaged and around 37 were totally destroyed in Haifa. By early Friday afternoon all Haifa residents were allowed to return home, with the exception of those living in 13 buildings too dangerous to enter.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan had told reporters earlier in the day the findings of an investigation into the conflagration in the northern town of Zichron Ya’akov indicated that blaze, too, was caused by pyroterrorists.

Eyewitnesses also spotted Arab suspects igniting a fire in the forest near Beit Meir as firefighters were battling the towering blaze that had already started on the outskirts of the community. At least 10 homes in the moshav were later destroyed overnight by that fire and more were damaged, but police managed to catch the suspect who was seen nearby in the Jerusalem hills.

High levels of air pollution and asbestos particles were found in at least six locations Friday morning in Beit Meir in testing by the Environmental Protection Ministry, following the fire. Sha’ar Haggai is not far.

Friday afternoon a fire also broke out in the small northern moshav of Ya’ad, located about 300 meters north of the Jewish community of Yitzhar. In Ya’ad, residents were evacuated as a precaution.

Firefighters battled a blaze near Yitzhar with two aerial firefighter aircraft as three fire trucks created a safety perimeter around the community, since access to Yitzhar is difficult at best. It was not yet clear how that fire got started.

Residents in the Galilee town of Harashim were also evacuated Friday morning due to an outbreak of fire, which was fought from the sky by aerial firefighting aircraft, and by 15 firefighting teams on the ground.

Hana Levi Julian

Knesset Approves Arrangements Act in Preliminary Vote 58 – 50

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The effort to save the Jewish community of Amona from demolition and eviction has overcome its first big hurdle Wednesday afternoon, as the Knesset plenum passed the Arrangements Act by a vote of 58 to 50 with no abstention. The latest version of the bill, which now goes to deliberations in committee, lets the Arab claimants against Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria to hold their title to the land while receiving market value compensation for it. The new law applies strictly to lands impounded by the Israeli government and not disputes over land that was settled without government sanction.

Finance Minister and Chairman of Kulanu Moshe Kahlon was reportedly uncertain whether his party should support the coalition bill, despite the fact that they were bound by “coalition discipline.” Kahlon was, and continues to be anxious about the possibility of a clash between the government and Israel’s Supreme Court, which is invested in seeing Amona, alongside the rightwing coalition, being brought down to their knees come December 25, the day decreed by the court.

Habayit Hayehudi Chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, as well as Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and the entire national religious faction refused to negotiate either the wording or the timing of the new legislation, which had been approved by the government on Sunday.

A spokesman for Habayit Hayehudi told Srugim, “Interestingly, what the prime Minster hasn’t been able to do for an entire year we suddenly managed to do in three days.”

However, both Minister Kahlon and Coalition Chairman David Bitan (Likud) warned that the bill would be suspended should it meet resistance from the Supreme Court.

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Finance Minister Exposing Fresh Meat Market to Foreign Competition

Monday, October 17th, 2016

At a time when free markets are losing favor in the eyes of GOP voters in the US, Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) has decided to open up the fresh meat market to competition from abroad. As part of this move, the quota for duty-free fresh meat imports will be doubled.

Needless to say, the move was not received well by Israeli farmers. On Friday, they demonstrated outside the Kfar Yehoshua train station, where the first commercial service on the Jezreel Valley railway line was being inaugurated. Armed with their tractors and pickup trucks, the cattle growers accused Kahlon of plotting to destroy Israel’s 460 cattle farms. They received support from MK Eitan Broshi (Zionist Camp), chairman of the agricultural lobby in the Knesset.

The Finance Ministry began exposing the local fresh meat market to foreign competition about two years ago, under Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) who now shares the opposition benches with Broshi. Indeed, this year there were a number of fresh meat brands available on the local market at roughly 25% less than the average price. The low price drove high consumer interest and supplies ran out before the end of the year.

According to the Agriculture Ministry, opening up the Israeli market to supplies from the EU countries is intended to replace the frozen meat market with higher-quality fresh meat, a move similar to the Agriculture Ministry’s eliminating the frozen poultry market, which used to encompass the bulk of Israel’s poultry market, replacing it with fresh poultry.

The new move will extend these lower prices to the coming years. The Finance Ministry has been conducting talks with the major local players in the industry, and an agreement has been reached on government subsidies to grass-fed, free range cattle growers and on spreading the import outline so that the market will become completely open by 2020.

The plan is for the quotas for fresh meat from abroad to be raised in 2020 to 17,500 tons, while duty will be reduced to 12%. In addition, local farmers will be permitted to import up to 10% of the market in fresh meat, to encourage local production and safeguard employment.

Israel’s  Chief  Rabbinate supervises the slaughtering of kosher meat  being  imported  to  Israel. Currently,  the  importation  of  non-kosher  meat  to  Israel  is  forbidden. The  Import Department of  the Chief  Rabbinate conducts tests  and  authorizes  slaughterhouses  and  teams of  inspectors.

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Israeli PM Netanyahu and Wife Arrive at UN Headquarters

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah arrived Thursday at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City.

Netanyahu is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly, following a speech by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Along with the Netanyahus, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and MK Michael Oren of the Kulanu party arrived there as well.

Oren, a former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, is nearly as familiar with the unique intricacies and foibles of American culture and politics as Netanyahu. He currently serves as Deputy Minister for Diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Hana Levi Julian

New Poll Sees Israeli Left Collapsing, Purely Rightwing Coalition Government

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Following the surprising results of a GeoCartographia poll a week ago, showing Likud down from 30 to 25 seats, the Zionist Camp (Labor) dropping from 24 to 8 seats, Habayit Hayehudi soaring from 8 to 16 seats, and Yesh Atid rocketing from 11 to 22 seats, on Thursday a new poll by Maagar Mochot (Heb: Think Tank) showed a more moderate reflection of the same trend. The new poll, conducted for FM103 Radio, shows Likud still in first place with 27 seats (3 fewer than its current mandate), Habayit Hayehudi rising, but only to 13 seats (a +5), Yisrael Beiteinu gaining 4 seats to rise from 5 to 9 seats, and Yesh Atid still soundly beating its identical twin at the center, Kulanu, as Yair Lapid’s party rises from 11 to 21 seats, while Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu drops from 11 to 6 seats.

On the left, the Zionist Camp (Labor) slows down its sharp drop, and scores 10 seats, compared with its current 24 (the other poll gave it only 8). Meretz picks up one seat to rise to 6 seats, and the Joint Arab List maintains its 13 seats.

The Haredi block stands at 15 seats (last poll gave it 18), with Shas at 8 (+1) and United Torah Judaism at 7 (+1).

The ideological map reflected in the new poll is most encouraging to the rightwing parties: 49 seats go to the three rightwing Zionist parties, and 15 to the Haredim, meaning that Prime Minister Netanyahu, in his fifth term, could easily put together a rightwing government relying on a workable 64-seat majority, without ambiguous center-right partners such as Kahlon. The question then would become, does Netanyahu actually want a purely rightwing government, which would likely expect him to impose Israeli law in Area C, change the rules of engagement, invest heavily in Jewish expansion in Judea and Samaria, alter the undemocratic way in which Israel’s judges are picked, and a myriad other burning issues which so far he had been reluctant to pursue, blaming it on his more secular, centrist partners.

The rightwing parties could possibly combine their numbers to boycott either Kahlon or Lapid, or both, from the future coalition government — the Haredim because they despise Lapid, Habayit Hayehudi and Yisrael Beiteinu because they’d like to pursue an aggressive agenda in Judea and Samaria, where a good portion of their constituency resides.

Our friend Jeremy Saltan, a.k.a. Knesset Jeremy, who moonlights as HaBayit HaYehudi’s Anglo Forum Chairman, has launched the Israeli Poll of Polls, strictly for political addicts. Here’s his most recent handiwork, copied from his website.

 

Party KnessetJeremy Polling Average (June/July/August) Change since previous KJPA (April/May) KJPA (April/May) All Polls since Elections 2015 Election
Likud 25.3 -1.4 26.7 26.4 30
Yesh Atid 20.3 0.3 20 19.3 11
Bayit Yehudi 13.5 2.2 11.3 12 8
Joint List 13 0.2 12.8 12.8 13
Zionist Union 11 -1.8 12.8 14.4 24
UTJ 8.8 0.8 8 7.5 6
Yisrael Beitenu 8.2 -0.8 9 8.4 6
Kulanu 6.8 0 6.8 6.7 10
Shas 6.7 1 5.7 6.5 7
Meretz 6.3 -0.5 6.8 6 5
Right-Religious 69.3 1.7 67.5 67.4 67
Center-Left-Arab 50.7 -1.7 52.5 52.6 53

 

 

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