Lapid Releases Partial Yeshivah Funding

YERUSHALAYIM -

Finance Minister Yair Lapid allowed the release of yeshivah funding late Tuesday — after subtracting allocations for approximately 2,500 students whose draft was deferred by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon pending new legislation being debated in the Knesset.

Last week Lapid revoked an already authorized payment of all the yeshivah budgets for February following a High Court ruling questioning Yaalon’s authority to continue to postpone the induction of yeshivah students since the previous law regarding the draft, the Tal Law, expired last August.

Yeshivos across the country suddenly found themselves unable to meet payrolls and other expenses, and submitted a petition to the High Court to reinstate the funding immediately and to reconsider the case. They pointed out that they had been excluded from court hearings on the matter, which violated all rules of fairness and justice. The Court refused to issue an interim injunction but has not yet ruled on the appeal.

Meanwhile, after the Defense and Education Ministries compiled revised funding lists — excluding the 2,500 students that are affected by the High Court ruling — the institutions finally received the money for the rest of the students.