Knesset Finance Committee Chair Yaakov Litzman (Agudath Israel) obtained an expensive Hanukkah gift for yeshiva students yesterday – but the state will pick up the NIS 44 million tab.
The gift consists of a one-time state grant of NIS 330 for every unmarried yeshiva student and NIS 600 for every married yeshiva student, to be distributed over the next few days. The money will be on top of the normal monthly stipend received by yeshiva students – NIS 720 for married men and NIS 400 for single men.
The NIS 44 million in grants is on top of the extra NIS 290 million for ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) educational institutions that Litzman’s party was promised in exchange for joining the coalition at the start of the year.
Is this even remotely fair in any way, shape, or form? Hareidim don’t work, they don’t pay taxes, they don’t serve in the army, and they incite against the state… Did I happen to mention income tax in Israel is roughly 50% and that most Israelis I know work two jobs and still live below the poverty line? WTF?