The future Israeli prime minister may need to rein in a swelling budget deficit. Under the leadership of Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, the deficit has grown during the past year, possibly due to the combination of tax-cuts with an increased level of spending on cost-of-living subsidies and pay raises. If a national unity government were to emerge (one in which no party is able to declare a majority), economic analysts said the result could bring a downward pressure on state expenses.
The office of the European Union’s delegation in Israel was vandalized with graffiti, reading: “Get out EU” and “German money kills Jews.” The red spray-painted messages were found on Sunday in offices in Ramat Gan, a city adjacent to Tel Aviv. Delegation staff members shared footage from the building’s security cameras with police. They also filed an official complaint to the Foreign Ministry. Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz condemned the attack.