Israel headed into 2002 with no new budget. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Finance Minister Silvan Shalom were continuing efforts to muster a parliamentary majority to pass the revised 2002 spending legislation. Eighty-two Knesset members were said to be opposed to the budget that the Cabinet approved in late December.
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