Israel’s economic growth and raising the number of ultra-Orthodox Jews in the workforce are my main target, said Israel’s likely new finance minister, Avigdor Lieberman, on Thursday.
Lieberman’s nationalist Yisrael Beitenu and seven other parties reached a coalition deal on Wednesday night that would unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if it is ratified by parliament.
“This coalition will focus mainly on economic issues,” Lieberman, a former defense minister, told Israel’s Channel 13.
He said one major challenge would be to bring Israel’s “unreasonable” budget deficit under control.
“We will do everything to offer them an education and enable them to learn a profession and stand on their own two feet, as opposed to charity and all the stipends,” he said.
But the main target was to revive the economy, he said.
“We are a country that hasn’t had a budget for the past two years already,” he said.