Minister of Finance Dr. Yuval Shteinitz commented on the high unemployment rates in the chareidi and Arab sectors, warning if something major is not done to bring these sectors into the workplace, the result will be “a catastrophe”. The senior minister made his remarks during the opening session of the 18th Caesarea Forum.
The minister spoke of the 22 + 2 plan, in which an avreich who is 22 and is married with two children would receive an automatic exemption from military service to permit him to enter the workplace. Today, according to the Tal Law, he would have to continue learning until age 31 or serve in the army. If he opts to continue learning, he may not join the workforce.
Senior advisor to the minister, Dr. Avi Simchon explained there is a group among the chareidim who are willing to live in poverty if that is what it takes to sit and learn ten hours daily. “They don’t mind being poor”.
“The problem is that the Arabs and chareidim are rapidly becoming a majority in the nation, and in 40 years, the majority will not be Zionists and they will be able to change things like the national anthem and the flag”.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)