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Absorption minister won’t back budget without funds for Ethiopia immigration

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30.07.2021

Immigration and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata warned on Thursday that she would not support the upcoming state budget unless the Finance Ministry agrees to her demand for increased funding to bring Ethiopian immigrants to Israel.

“I will never allow them to continue to abuse the Ethiopian community and abandon them at the bottom of the government’s list of priorities,” Tamano-Shata wrote on Twitter. “Those waiting dozens of years to make aliyah from Ethiopia and their families in Israel have suffered enough.”

“I will oppose any budget that does not support significant immigration — even if I have to resign from the government and return to the Knesset to vote against their abandonment,” she warned.

Tamano-Shata is the latest minister to threaten to torpedo the budget, which must pass by November or spell the automatic dissolution of the government. With the coalition operating on a razor-thin majority, almost every lawmaker has the ability to bring the government down if their demands are not met.

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman said earlier this month that he will present the 2021-2022 state budget for a cabinet vote during the first week of August, with the aim........

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