Weekly Commentary: Let The Economic Policy Debate Begin! Israeli Elections
Provide Opportunity To Choose Future
Dr. Aaron Lerner 21 March, 2021
The financial impact of COVID-19 on the country makes economic policy
particularly crucial for the coming years.
As voters we deserve to know how those seeking our support at the ballot box
intend to get us out of this mess.
Talk with Binyamin Netanyahu about economic policy and his eyes light up. He
has clear views and a fervent belief in the benefits of deregulation. And
over the years Netanyahu has been responsible for many of the reforms which
transformed our economy. He is certainly equipped to participate in an
economic policy debate.
Naftali Bennett is now pitching a set of ideas for encouraging economic
growth by lowering taxes, streamlining government and reducing regulation.
Gideon Saar's economic program emphasizes government spending rather than
tax reductions to drive the economy.
Voters would benefit from the opportunity to hear the three debate policy so
that they can make an informed choice regarding what set of policies they
And the others?
Yair Lapid is featherweight class when it comes to economics. He frittered
away his term as finance minister promoting a VAT-exemption housing program
which was ridiculed by every economist in the country and ultimately
dropped. Israeli voters deserve to know if he has more programs up his
sleeve of a similar nature.
Labor and Meretz have a very different take on what the economy needs and,
if nothing else, a focus on economic policy would serve to highlight these
differences for voters.
Let The Economic Policy Debate Begin!
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