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Finance Minister Smotrich Reverses Course on Funding Cuts for Youth Organizations in Israel


Feb 13, 2024
Youth organizations to receive smaller budget cuts, Smotrich announces

The Knesset Finance Committee held a meeting to discuss the proposed cuts in government funding for teenage and youth organizations. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich made an announcement regarding the decision, stating that there would be a review of the plan to reduce funding for these groups. According to Smotrich, the budget of youth organizations will still be reduced, but not as significantly as initially expected. Instead of 10 million shekels, the reduction will only be 1 million shekels.

Leaders of these organizations had argued that the loss of state support would effectively mean the end of teenage and youth movements in Israel, including well-known groups like Bnei Akiva and Tzofim. However, Smotrich’s announcement has brought some hope to these organizations and their supporters.

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