Controversial Budget Cut: Finance Minister Announces Review of Youth Organization Funding Reduction

Youth organizations to receive smaller budget cuts, Smotrich announces

Protests against planned cuts in government funding for teenage and youth organizations seem to have had an impact. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich announced a review of the decision to reduce funding for these organizations 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.

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. Leaders of these organizations 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, this information about hacking Facebook and Instagram seems to be an unrelated and irrelevant addition to the content. It is unclear how this information relates to funding cuts for youth organizations.

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