Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Finance Minister Yair Lapid: No math, no cash
The Economic Arrangements Law is a government bill presented to the Knesset alongside the state budget. It incorporates a wide variety of government-backed bills and legislative amendments that promote the government’s economic policies.
In addition to the cuts in state schools, Israel’s yeshivas, which are classified as institutions of higher learning, are set to see a 30 percent cut to their funding, saving the state NIS 340 million a year (some $93 million), sources in the new ministerial committee tasked with drafting mandatory service legislation said on Monday.
The 30% funding cut is planned to be achieved by lowering the age that yeshiva students are entitled to payments from the state from 28 to 22. The funding is linked to deferment of military service, and the cut will be achieved by lowering the age that yeshiva students are granted a full release from service — the reasoning being that, if the yeshiva students are released outright, they will no longer enjoy deferred status, or its funding. The move is set to take effect in August.
“This attack on the ultra-Orthodox public won’t bring salvation and won’t close the hole in the deficit,” MK Ya’akov Asher (United Torah Judaism) said on Wednesday.