Your columnist ignores social spending by other ministries, municipal authorities, and (especially) National Insurance. In 2006,these expenditures added up to NIS 44.5 billion, roughly as large as the defense budget. Source: Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, no friend of handouts for fat-cat manufacturers.
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from the article: The Bottom Line / The fat cats and their NIS 4 billion in gifts