Lapid Warns Israel Against Populism as Knesset Prepares to Vote on Budget

Finance Minister Yair Lapid urged lawmakers to pass his proposed budget, which includes controversial austerity measures, to confront the budget deficit.

As the Knesset opened debate Monday on the budget for the rest of the year and all of next year, Finance Minister Yair Lapid warned lawmakers not to avoid responsibility for addressing the government's widening budget deficit.