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Lapid Freezes Funding for Draft-Delayed Haredim

Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid (leaning) arguing with Haredi MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ). The new Supreme Court ruling is good for Lapid, who's showing his voters he's tough on Haredim. It's also good for the Haredi leadership, who will be able to galvanize support in their war against the heathen Zionists.

Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid (leaning) arguing with Haredi MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ). The new Supreme Court ruling is good for Lapid, who's showing his voters he's tough on Haredim. It's also good for the Haredi leadership, who will be able to galvanize support in their war against the heathen Zionists.
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Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday froze the money going to Haredi yeshivas, following a Tuesday Supreme Court ruling that ordered the state to halt all payments to yeshivas whose students’ draft has been postponed.

Lapid instructed the Finance Ministry’s comptroller to freeze the payments, but on Thursday he issued a statement saying that, after discovering that the funds had already been sent to the Education Ministry, he convened an emergency meeting with his comptroller following which he ordered her to block those funds as well.

Lapid’s statement said that this was done in an effort to obey the high court’s ruling.

Now the two offices will be cooperating to separate the 18- to 20-year-old yeshiva students with an August draft postponement, who will not be paid, from the rest of the yeshiva students.

“These will no longer receive state funds,” said the Lapid statement. “Only once the Education Ministry’s examination of their cases is concluded will the Finance Ministry release the funds to those yeshiva students not included in the court ruling.”

The Supreme Court ruled on several appeals from so called good government groups. The court ordered government to issue an updated announcement by March 31 regarding the pay, saying the justices might issue a new decision should the Knesset not come up with new legislation by then.

Meanwhile, the justices have prohibited government to transfer any funds “intended to support Torah institution students born in 1994, 95 and the first half of 96, who received their draft date starting in August, 2013, and who have not shown up to be drafted based on general decisions to postpone their draft made by the IDF Chief of Staff.”

So, everybody wins: Lapid gets to show his few remaining potential voters that he’s tough on parasitic Haredim; the Haredi yeshiva deans get to show the world that Israel hates Torah; and Yeshiva students and their families get a rare opportunity to drop their nasty habit of eating several times a day and living in homes.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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2 Responses to “Lapid Freezes Funding for Draft-Delayed Haredim”

  1. The herediim live in Israel. They expect to be protected by the IDF. They expect the government to pay for their upkeep while contributing nothing to the state.They want to study Torah; fine. History has shown that Torah knowledge alone does not protect the individual nor the state.
    Our ancient texts show quite clearly that man must work and contibute to the civilization.

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