Thousands in Israel protest proposed budget

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Associated Press

Posted on May 11, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Updated Sunday, May 12 at 1:03 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say protesters are marching in Tel Aviv over proposed tax hikes and benefit cuts.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said about two thousand rallied Saturday night.

Protesters are angry over the proposed decrees by Israel's new finance minister Yair Lapid who started his job several weeks ago.

Lapid ran in January's election on a ticket vowing to help the middle class. The proposed budget hits that demographic deep in their pockets with raised taxes and slashed benefits. Some voters feel betrayed as it appears contrary to a central part of Lapid's popular campaign. Lapid has said the measures are vital for a healthy economy and cuts are across the board. Parliament discusses the budget next week.

In 2011, hundreds of thousands protested across Israel over the high cost of living.

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