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Israel Cabinet Approves 1967 Budget; Believed to Be $1,700,000,000

The Cabinet last night approved Israel’s budget for the next fiscal year beginning April 1, 1967. While details of the budget were not revealed, the budget is believed to total $1,700,000,000, which would be a 10 percent increase over this year’s figure. The budget will be presented to the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, in three weeks and will be discussed well in advance of the start of the new fiscal year.

The Jerusalem Municipality today approved the budget of the city’s Religious Council totaling 1,600,000 pounds ($533,000) nearly two thirds of which the Municipality will have to provide. The approval was voted over the abstention of the Mapai-Achdut Avodah Alignment and despite sharp criticism at the meeting of the Religious Council for what was described as excessive spending and padding the payroll with unqualified officials.

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