Rabbi Gafni Demands Changes in State Budget
By Betzalel Kahn
MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni met with Finance Minister Avraham
Hirchson to discuss demands to change sections of the state
budget that discriminate against the chareidi public.
Hirchson, who initiated the meeting, asked to hear about
Rabbi Gafni's objections to next year's budget, which
contains innumerable sections that discriminate against the
chareidi public in areas such as chareidi education, Jewish
culture, a lack of budgeting for the Shmittoh year and
a long list of other discriminatory sections, in addition to
various sections in the areas of health care and welfare that
strike a blow to the weaker classes in general.
Following the long meeting between the two, the Finance
Minister and MK Gafni agreed to hold a meeting this week
between the Finance Minister and all UTJ members to hear
their criticisms of the 2007 budget.