Israel's Treasury Seeking to Push ultra-Orthodox, Arab Into Workforce

Finance Ministry hopes to repeat its success in 2003 of cutting allowances, a cutback thought to be the main force behind a significant increase in workforce participation among Haredim, both men and women, and among Arab women.

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Israel's prospective new finance minister, Yair Lapid, will receive a wide-ranging economic reform agenda from treasury officials for allowances aimed at getting more Israelis into the workforce.