The final vote for the 2022 budget was completed in the early hours of Friday morning.
Moments after the passing of the 2021 budget, October 4, 2021
(photo credit: DANNY SHEMTOV/KNESSET SPOKESPERSON’S OFFICE)
The 2022 budget passed the final reading in the Knesset in the early mornings of Friday morning with a majority of 59 votes for the budget and 56 against.
Shortly after the budget was passed, the ministers took to Twitter to celebrate.
“Last night we put Israel back on track. Finally, a budget,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett wrote.
“After three and a half years, we have a budget!” wrote Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman. “Finally, at the end of months of hard work, we have together completed the mission and brought a social and responsible budget to all the citizens of Israel. We will continue to stay on mission, ignore close-minded opinions and bring good news to all the country’s citizens.
“You’re allowed to be excited, and it’s preferable that you smile. We promised and we delivered – a stable government and a thriving economy!”
“We took responsibility. We kept our promise. We passed a budget for 2022 for the nation and the citizens of Israel,” wrote Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.
“I feel that the passing of the budget is a win for the country but also a personal win for me,” said Defense Minister Benny Gantz. “Whoever acted out of personal motives and caused great harm to the country and its citizens sits in the opposition, and those who care for Israel’s citizens is in the coalition today.”