Photo Credit: Tomer Neuberg / Flash 90
Yaffa Ben-David, head of the Teacher's Union at a protest of Israeli teachers demanding better pay and working conditions in Tel Aviv on May 30, 2022.

Israeli teachers are set to return to their classroom as union chief Yaffa Ben-David prepares to meet on Monday with officials at the Finance Ministry.

Talks between the two sides significantly advanced Sunday evening, Ben-David told reporters after meeting with Kobi Bar-Nathan, the ministry’s director of salary and employment agreements.

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“The Finance Ministry has finally made a concrete offer (to raise salaries),” Ben-David said, although she cautioned that “significant” disagreements remain.

“We decided to meet again tomorrow and try to bridge the gaps,” she added.

With only one week left to go in the current school year, parents and students alike were uncertain they would see their graduation ceremonies, with teachers in and out of the classrooms.

The intermittent strikes created total chaos in the education system, underscoring the importance of resolving the dispute as soon as possible.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.