Analysis Netanyahu Government Doubled Budget Deficit to Buy Votes

With a budget deficit of NIS 39 billion in 2012 and an expected cut of NIS 14 billion in 2013, Haaretz's Nehemia Shtrasler says it's time for Israel's leaders to disclose their fiscal plan.

The Finance Ministry's announcement on Sunday that Israel's budget deficit for 2012 was more than double the government target makes it impossible for Israel's leaders to cover up their irresponsible behavior any longer.