Steinitz: I don't understand the firestorm over haredi bill

October 26, 2010 11:02

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz stated during a meeting in the Knesset late Monday his surprise over the opposition of Knesset members to the inclusion of an income support measure intended largely for haredi kollel students in the new bi-annual budget.

"I do not understand the firestorm over the issue of income supports for kollel students," Steinitz said. "The haredim are obliged to join the labor force for their own benefit and the benefit of the economy, but the protest accompanying the insertion of this clause into the current budget as was done in the last 30 years is a storm in a teacup."Steinitz added that he viewed the failure to draft haredim into the IDF as a "historic mistake," and that the opposition's criticism of the budget bill wasn't serious and was irresponsible."

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