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Commuters who depend on Egged buses and Israel Railway trains in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were watching the news for strike updates.
Secular Israeli Jews are sending their children to less costly religious camps this year.
Israel's social security administration objected to these cuts, arguing that they expect them to send some 35 thousand new children below the poverty line.
Lapid's election success is a reflection of the widespread view among Israelis that external threats do not mean that the country's house should not be put in better order.