Rabbi Gafni Pledges to Change State Funding System for Chareidi Education
By Eliezer Rauchberger
MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni, chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee, told committee members that in preparing next year's budget he would work to alter the current funding method of negotiating with United Torah Judaism after the basic budget is published rather than including the chareidi education system in the original budget proposal.
"Until now the basic needs of the chareidi sector were only included within coalition negotiations rather than making them a part of the basic budget, like all other education funding in the country," said Rabbi Gafni. "I will not allow this practice to continue. Starting with next year's budget I will work to put a stop to this arrangement so that all of the funding earmarked for chareidi education is included as a part of established budget allotted for the funding of the education system."
On Tuesday the Finance Committee transferred NIS 15 million to Chinuch Atzmai and another NIS 15 million to the seminaries — the first funding transfers the Finance Committee has executed in 2010.