MK (Yahadut Hatorah) Moshe Gafne is facing a dilemma in his capacity as chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee.
While there is a transition government and much of the national government’s functions are not operating, the lone committee that continues operating these days is the finance committee, which is now expected to conduct a session to allocate funds, including for the Reform and Conservative.
According to a BeChadrei Chareidim report, one of the scheduled sessions includes NIS 39 million for youth organizations, including organizations affiliated with the religious tzibur, Chabad and organizations tracing back to the Conservative and Reform Movements.
According to the report, there is uncertainty as to how Gafne will conduct himself, aware he has the option of delaying the allocation to all, including the religious organizations.
The report concludes that the parents of chareidim mosdos categorized as ‘recognized unofficial’, like Chinuch Atzmai for example, are waiting for allocations from the committee, adding that Gafne has promised to hold up Education Ministry funding until the funding for the ‘recognized unofficial’ mosdos receive their share. Some are suggesting that Gafne use the funds intended for the Reform and Conservative for these very same schools.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)