Finance Minister Roni Bar-On is looking for approval for a NIS 200 million cut in the 2009 budget. The cut would come from funds supporting the nation’s yeshivos.
The news of the planned cut was announced in a press event held on Tuesday morning, at which time Bar-On announced some of planned budgetary cuts for the coming fiscal year.
Making things worse for religious services in Israel, the minister is suggesting that some of the religious councils be closed — another cost-saving measure. He suggests that in municipalities with less than 10,000 residents the responsibility for religious services be taken from the local religious councils and placed in the lap of local municipalities.
If passed, the minister of religious services would be compelled to order the closure of the religious councils in those areas within 30 days.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)