Gafni Reaches Deal to Reduce Yeshiva Cuts

The proposed NIS 314 million cut to yeshiva budgets, will be reduced, and will not affect state allowances for full-time yeshiva students.

These were part of NIS 2 billion in budget cuts approved by the cabinet. The budget cuts still will apply to some of the funds promised to Shas, United Torah Judaism and Habayit Hayehudi.

These are part of the agreements reached between the Finance Ministry and the heads of the ultra-Orthodox parties over the weekend. However, the parties are still not pleased with the cuts, and when the matter reaches the Knesset Finance Committee on Tuesday, committee chairman Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) will most likely postpone the vote until next week, at the earliest.

There is still no majority to pass the cuts.