Netanyahu expects 2021 budget to be passed in February

Israel’s budget for 2021 will likely be passed in February, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday.

In the wake of three elections held since April 2019, Israel is still using a version of the 2019 budget, although lawmakers have approved more than 140 billion shekels ($42 billion) in state aid to help businesses and households hurt by government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions.

“The government will present the 2020 budget soon,” Netanyahu said at a news conference. “This will get us through this year and will give us breathing space to pass the 2021 budget. From what I understand from the finance minister, this should take us until February (to complete),” Netanyahu said.

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