Treasury estimates 40% of new taxes would be paid by bottom earners.
While Israelis complain that Arabs can't expect rights without obligations, many Israeli Arabs feel wronged by the state and say rights should come first.
Despite opposition from the top, they are turning out in larger numbers for national service programs.
Dismal budget economics don't give the prime minister much wiggle room.
It is the government's responsibility to set priorities, even when human lives are at stake.
Recommendation was rejected six months ago by Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
A Knesset committee has begun discussing a proposal to offer incentives and impose penalties to encourage Haredi men to complete their national service sooner rather than later.
Israel is now directly courting the world's biggest companies, but it doesn’t have to try so hard.
Finance Ministry calls for spending cuts of up to NIS 17 billion, emphasizes budgetary discipline in light of uncertain economic climate; opposition leader says cuts will further deepen economic inequality.
But first the right conditions need to be instated, including public transport and childcare services.