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MKs from the coalition and the opposition took credit for the news that Defense
Minister Ehud Barak is promoting a policy in which the IDF would pay soldiers in
mandatory service the minimum wage, which is currently NIS 4,100.
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about time to significantly raise the wage for soldiers in mandatory service,”
MK Miri Regev (Likud), a former IDF spokeswoman, said.
proposed a bill in which combat soldiers would receive half of minimum wage, and
non-combat soldiers would receive half of that amount. She added that she will
continue to raise the issue in Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and
Finance Committee meetings.
“I congratulate the defense minister on
promoting minimum wage for soldiers in mandatory service,” MK Avishai Braverman
(Labor) stated. “This proposal is based on my ‘Free to Learn’ initiative,
which I have been promoting for the past six months.”
initiative is to grant a monthly salary to those serving in the IDF or civilian
service, 75 percent of which would be put into a fund for higher education, thus
enabling more sectors in society to afford universities and
“The time has come for the State of Israel to reward those who
serve,” he explained. “However, it is important that the additional funds
be designated for higher education.”
On Sunday, The Marker
Barak said he hoped to instate a policy to pay soldiers minimum wage in their
second and third years of mandatory service. He reportedly made the comments
during a Knesset Finance Committee meeting on the defense budget last week,
which was closed to the press.
Three years ago, Labor MK Amir Peretz
proposed a similar bill, and Barak, who was in Peretz’s party at the time, voted
against it. The bill passed a preliminary vote, but did not make it past its