Taxpayers expected to fund Israel's 70th anniversary

PM Netanyahu and Culture Minister Regev have agreed to cut 200 million shekels off the state budget to pay for the costly celebrations.
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After attempts to raise donations for Israel's 70th Independence Day celebrations failed, the government is planning to use taxpayers' money to cover the cost.

In a recent meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Culture Minister Miri Regev, it was decided to cut 200 million shekels off the state budget in order to pay for the costly celebrations, mainly affecting the ministries of education, health and culture.

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