In a surprising turn of events, the Knesset Finance Committee has announced a review of the decision to cut government funding for teenage and youth organizations. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich made the announcement at the beginning of a meeting, stating that the budget for 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.
The news came as a relief to leaders of these organizations who had been protesting against the cuts. They 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. The adjusted draft state budget for 2024, adopted in the first reading last week, included a provision for a reduction in funding for youth organizations by 10 million shekels.
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