In Israel, automatically pushing the VAT button isn't enough
Increasing value added tax, already considered high, is the typical response of Finance Ministry officials, who are responsible for the deficit in the first place.
"This is a budget of hope," Finance Minister Yair Lapid said of the budget cuts the treasury presented for 2013 and 2014. "This is a reform of hope," everybody said about the Open Skies agreement and the beating down of the union at El Al.
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