PM vows to double gov't funds given to Birthright
By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
January 6, 2011 21:56
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be in hot water right now over his government’s handling of the Carmel fire and the impasse in talks with the Palestinians. But when he stepped on stage in front of a crowd of 3,000 young Jewish adults from all over the world in Israel on Birthright on Thursday night all was forgotten.
Speaking at the program’s Megaevent in front of a lively audience from over a dozen countries, the prime minister pledged to increase government spending in the program over the next couple of years.
“My government will give more than double its investment in Birthright and over the next few years we will invest more than 100 million dollars in Birthright,” Netanyahu proclaimed. “Together with private donations we can increase the number of people to 50,000 a year."