Israel Budget Cut for Yeshivos Amended

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Learning in a yeshivah in Bnei Brak, before the coronavirus pandemic. (Yaakov Naumi/Flash90.)

The budget agreement for yeshivos, reached right before the dissolution of the Knesset between MKs Rabbi Moshe Gafni and Betzalel Smotrich, was approved on Monday. The planned cut of 30% funding to Yeshivas was changed. This now means that the yeshivah budget will be damaged only 50% of the total that was previously planned.

According to the agreement approved by Finance Minister Yisrael Katz, payment per student will be NIS 350 per student and NIS 630 per avreich.

The cut came as a result of the economic reality facing the State of Israel, with no state budget approved. The 15% cut was agreed upon until the next state budget is passed.

MK Betzalel Smotrich said: “The world of yeshivos and the value of Torah study are our top priorities. … We as a party see this as a zechus, to fight for funding for bnei Torah and their families, and we will continue to do so with full vigor. “