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January 13, 1989 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-01-13

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I NEWS 1

dustrialists complained it
fails to reverse economic
stagnation.
Most observers agreed that
the public will_ be paying
more for considerably less of
the services and entitlements
to which Israelis have become
accustomed.
The chief criticism is that
the government again took
the easy way out. It opted for
new taxes and fees on the
public, instead of drastic spen-
ding cuts to make up a 1.14
billion shekel ($700 million)
revenue shortfall.
Painful changes include the
reduction of maternity grants
from 300 to 150 shekels. The
one-time grant of 2,700
shekels to soldiers upon com-
pletion of military service
also will be scrapped.
Another break with prece-
dent is the new 4 shekel
($2.50) doctors' fee every pa-
tient must pay out of pocket
for a visit to government
clinics, even if covered by
health insurance.
The measure has raised a
loud outcry, but is here to stay
unless the Health Ministry
finds a way to lop 70 million
shekels off its budget.
Subsidies have been eli-
minated entirely from public
transportation and reduced
substantially for basic
foodstuffs. This means soar-
ing prices at the market and
for local travel.
The unemployment situa-
tion will be exacerbated by a
3 percent reduction in the size
of the public sector work force
in one year, impacting 8,000
to 10,000 jobs.
About 1,800 civil service
jobs will be affected by a 10
percent cut over two years.
Also planned is a 1 to 3 per-
cent tax on large cars,
measured by engine capacity.
That presumably will affect
the well-to-do.

'Pan Am Bomb'
Is Replicated

Tel Aviv (JTA) An Israeli
security company has built
what it claims is a model of
the booby-trapped suitcase
that destroyed Pan American
Airways Flight 103.
Menachem Bacharach, vice
president of International
Consultants on Targeted
Security (ICTS),
demonstrated the model at a
news . conference here.
He also showed a model of
a booby-trapped radio tape
recorder found in the posses-
sion of Palestinian terrorists
in Frankfurt last year.
ICTS claims it has been
engaged as a security consul-
tant by two major American
airlines.

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