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Israeli coalition celebrates approval of state budget

Most of the elements Israel’s state budget were approved this morning after an all-night Knesset session.

Coalition leaders celebrated this morning, Nov. 4, after the Knesset approved most of the legislation proposals related to the 2021 state budget. A few remaining items are set for a vote at the Knesset this afternoon, essentially for the approval of the 2022 budget. The 2021-2022 budget as a whole is expected to be completely approved by tomorrow, before the beginning of the Sabbath. A majority of 61 Knesset members voted in favor for the 2021 budget, against 59 who objected.

With this, the coalition would have completed the task of passing the 2021 budget 10 days ahead of the Nov. 14 deadline. The government had scheduled the Knesset debate and voting on the budget several days ahead of the Nov. 14 deadline to reserve time to find solutions if any coalition members defected and voted against the budget.

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