The review of the decision to cut funding for teenage and youth organizations has had a positive impact on their future. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich made the announcement at the beginning of a meeting of the Knesset Finance Committee. 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 been fighting against the proposed cuts in state support, arguing that it would effectively mean the end of teenage and youth movements in Israel. They included well-known groups like Bnei Akiva and Tzofim in their protests.
However, with this news, it seems that their efforts have paid off. The adjusted draft state budget for 2024, adopted in the first reading last week, no longer includes a provision for a reduction in funding for youth organizations by 10 million shekels. This is great news for these organizations and their members who were concerned about losing their support from the government.
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