Gafne’s Dilemma as Finance Committee Expected to Allocate Funding for the Reform & Conservative Movements


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)


  1. If Gafne has an issue with allocating funds in accordance with prior agreements, he has no dilemma. He can simply step down from his position in accordance with his principles and allow some one else to proceed with the business of the state.]

  2. GH
    status quo agreement that preceded the state
    The premise that the state is based upon that does not recognize non-orthodox
    oh that’s probably what you mean