Ben-Eliezer: PM's yeshiva cuts will perpetuate poverty

December 17, 2010 16:01

Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer on Friday criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's plan to cut funding for haredi yeshiva students to five years saying it is the incorrect way to integrate haredim into the business market.

"The decision will in fact perpetuate the disintegration of Haredim into the work force, poverty and unemployment in the sector," Eliezer said. "In the next 5 years there will be no progress and no condition of accepting allowance for existing practical training, and the yeshiva students aged 29 and over, which account for more than 90 percent of yeshiva students in the program, will be unemployed forever," he added.

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