MK Moshe Matalon 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Knesset)
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved two IDF-related bills on
Sunday – one that would more than double the funds given to soldiers who
complete their mandatory service, and another providing a NIS 100,000 grant to
The first bill, proposed by MK Moshe Matalon (Israel
Beiteinu), seeks to gradually increase the grant that combat soldiers receive
upon completing three years of mandatory IDF service, from the current NIS 9,300
to NIS 20,000 by 2016.
The ministers unanimously voted in favor of the
initiative, which also states that grants given to all other soldiers and to
those who complete national service will increase by the same proportion as the
combat soldiers’ grant.
“This is good news for all IDF soldiers,” Matalon
“By approving this bill, the state is sending a clear message that
it seeks to reward and respect those who give their time to serve the
His bill will be brought to a preliminary vote in the Knesset on
Wednesday. Should it pass, it will have to undergo three more readings before it
becomes a law.
In addition, a bill proposed by Defense Minister Ehud
Barak that would grant NIS 100,000 to every IDF widow is set to undergo an
accelerated legislation process.
If the bill passes, the spouse of any
soldier who was killed while doing IDF reserve duty between 1948 and 1998 will
receive the one-time grant in two payments.
Barak’s bill will be brought
for its first reading in the Knesset on Monday evening, and is expected to be
legislated within the week.
“This is a moral requirement,” the defense
minister said of his initiative. He also thanked Culture and Sport Minister
Limor Livnat for helping promote his bill and reaching an agreement with
bereaved families about its details.