Despite the serious difference in opinions and hours of deadlock, the talks between the representatives of Finance Minister Moshe Kachlon and the representatives of Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman have resumed. Sources within the Likud believe that it will be possible to bridge the gaps and sign an agreement tonight.
Kachlon and Lieberman Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel (Flash 90)/Channel 2 News
After hours of deadlock, the negotiations between the representatives of Finance Minister Moshe Kachlon and the representatives of Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman have resumed this evening (Monday). In the center of the dispute between the sides: Lieberman’s demands for an increased pension package for immigrants from the former Soviet Union, which is estimated at about three billion shekels.
Sources involved in the negotiations estimate that the deal will be closed soon. Likud officials added that the deal could be signed tonight or tomorrow.
Besides the pension reform demand, Yisrael Beiteinu is demanding that immigrants receive assistance in paying rent but the Finance Ministry is opposed to such a reform, claiming that that it is a sectarian demand. Officials from the Finance Ministry also stated that if Yisrael Beiteinu’s demands are granted, the pension reform will need to include all new immigrants, not just those from the former Soviet Union, and such a reform would cost up to seven billion shekels.