Haredi MK Rabbi Menachem Eliezer Moses of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party lashed out at the Bank of Israel’s new head, Dr, Karnit Flug, and proposed a haredi tax revolt after Flug pointed out earlier this week that low employment by haredi men and Arab women – both largely unemployed by choice – was seriously damaging Israel’s economy.
MK Rabbi Menachem Eliezer Moses
Haredi MK Proposes Tax Revolt
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Haredi MK Rabbi Menachem Eliezer Moses of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party lashed out at the Bank of Israel’s new head, Dr, Karnit Flug, and proposed a haredi tax revolt, Yeshiva World reported, after Flug pointed out earlier this week that low employment by haredi men and Arab women – both largely unemployed by choice – was seriously damaging Israel’s economy.
Moses said haredim are tired of being the national punching bag and claimed that most tax revenue income is generated by large the large families through the VAT taxes they pay on all purchases – a questionable claim because many haredim get food support from charities which pay not VAT and many other haredim buy from haredi stores owned by haredim who under report sales and to pay much less VAT than owed. (Some Mea Shearim stores allegedly pay no VAT at all.)
On top of all this, haredim receive a large amount of welfare payments, tax subsidies and tax breaks from the government that together arguably outstrips the taxes they pay.
Moses also attacked giving tax breaks to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
“The contribution of Teva to Israel’s economy is the subject of major debate and there are economists who feel that the company’s benefit is outweighed by the benefits it receives from the government. The state agreed to wave billions in income from Teva in the form of taxes while almost no one will argue regarding the contribution made to the economy by families with many children, with the latter’s contribution to the economy being higher than average. These facts appear in a study from the Central Bureau of Statistics,” Moses, who is often inaccurate and erratic in his statements, said.
Teva threatened to move to Switzerland if those tax breaks were removed.
Moses proposed that haredim declare a tax revolt and stop paying VAT and other taxes, directly or indirectly, until the government stops blaming haredim for the recession.
“[Haredim are] citizens who have the same rights in the state and for the tax they pay in accordance to the law, they are entitled to be rewarded like all other citizens,” Moses reportedly said. “Enough with your lexicon ‘we pay your way’ for you do not pay for us, but we pay for you!” Moses reportedly insisted.