06.08.2011 06.Aw-Elul, 5771 Dewarim
The prime minister sounds truly committed to tackling the issues brought up by the protesters, writes Yossi Verter, but that doesn't mean he likes the protest leaders themselves, whom he thinks wish him ill.
"Why is it so expensive here? Why? Labor is certainly not more expensive here than in Italy or France. So why do we pay so much more for everything here? For diapers. For cheese. For apartments. Not to mention cars.
"I'll tell you why: because there isn't real competition. Because it's all cartels and monopolies. That's the main problem and I am going to change this. We will address this, we will lower indirect taxes, we will build many more apartments and we will lower the cost of buying and renting….