This paper covers the period 11 – 13 January 2018. Two issues preoccupied the Israeli social media networks. The first issue was the approval of the State budget. This week, the Israeli cabinet approved the State budget and the financial plan for 2019. The size of this budget is NIS 397.3 billion; NIS 60 billion of which is allocated for education, NIS 38 billion for health, NIS 13 billion welfare for Holocaust survivors and NIS 2 billion allocated for disability. While NIS 63 billion were allocated to Defence Ministry.

This bulletin covers the period from 1 – 7 January 2018; through which Israeli social media was preoccupied with two issues. The first is the approving of the death penalty bill.

The Knesset approved the first reading of the death penalty bill last Wednesday. The voting was 52 to 49 in favour of the bill, of 120 which is the total number of MKs in the Israeli Knesset.

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The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.