Cabinet Trajtenberg 29.10.12
Israel's cabinet discussing the Trajtenberg Committee's recommendations on October 29, 2011. Photo by Mark Israel Salem
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to push the recommendations of the Trajtenberg Committee on socioeconomic change through the cabinet in one piece, but it seems many sections may never arise for voting.

Sections left out deal with cutting the defense budget, reducing benefits for Haredim, and recommendations on increasing competition in the automotive sector and improving public transportation. Another recommendation that seems to have gone missing is the plan to fight monopolies.

The only section of the report passed so far deals with taxes, and even that changed due to pressure from businesses: Customs duties will not be canceled quickly and employers will pay lower National Insurance than recommended.

A major recommendation of the Trajtenberg Report was to slow down the growth in the defense budget, and not an actual cut. But in light of recent developments, such as the Iranian nuclear program, such reductions look unlikely now.