Israel’s Finance Minister told a Yisrael Beitenu faction meeting today that “from mid-February, the economy will be back in full swing.”
Liberman met with businessmen affected by the wave of the Omicron variant sweeping the country, saying: “Every day I meet with a group of different self-employed workers. I heard that people appreciate that we have not imposed a lockdown and made the decision to cancel the license payments, and I hope that by the end of the month we will decide to cancel the green pass, except for nursing homes and daycare centers for the elderly. The Israeli economy is in good shape and we will not abandon anyone. We will provide focused and responsible assistance.”
Asked by “Globes” if assistance will be available in addition to self-isolation payments for the self-employed, Liberman said: “Tomorrow we will approve a series of steps to inject cash and streamline bureaucratic procedures.”
He added: “In Israel, there are more than 800,000 companies, more than half of them very small and the current problem is cash flow. It won’t be like in the past when money was wasted in all directions, even in well-established companies.” business. We deal responsibly with taxpayers’ money. I said it before we will not abandon anyone and we will not throw money from a helicopter. In short, we will worry about providing assistance.
“We are helping the corporate sector, that is the right approach. We have to help the business sector and the economy is in excellent shape. January 2022 data will be similar to January 2020 pre-Covid. In economics, ultimately, there are data. It is precise. We have our finger on the pulse and we are satisfied with the results. We are giving aid, not gifts.”
When asked about the rising cost of living, Liberman said: “It’s part of price increases around the world. It stems from a crazy increase in the price of shipping and supply chain problems. Look and you will see that inflation is rising all over the world. We intend to take action on the cost of living, but right now oil, fuel and gas prices are breaking all-time highs and we need to understand the environment in which we operate.”
Posted by Globes, Israel Business News – es.globes.co.il – on January 24, 2022.
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