IDF soldiers after returning to Israel from Gaza August 5, 2014..
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Reservists who served during Operation Protective Edge will receive a 30-day extension to pay bills, the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee decided Sunday night.
All reservists called up urgently, like in wartime, will be able to wait an extra 30 days to pay for any contract, court order or other bills, without having to pay interest or late fees.
The committee authorized the proposal by opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) and Labor faction chairman Eitan Cabel, which they said is not only an economic issue but a matter of values.
“This is the minimum the country can do for the many reservists who left their lives behind… to defend the State of Israel,” they said.
Earlier this month, Herzog and Cabel wrote a letter to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, asking that he help the measure pass.
“Tens of thousands of reservists were called up for four weeks during Operation Protective Edge. During this time they are unable to manage their personal matters, including family issues and everyday tasks like paying bills,” they wrote. “When they are released they will have to deal with many economic and civic problems.”
The Labor MKs pointed out that the impact is even greater for small-business owners.
“For many [reservists] these problems will lead to irreversible economic damage,” Herzog and Cabel added.