Representatives from the National Student Union will meet with Sephardi Chief
Rabbi Shlomo Amar on Wednesday, amid an ongoing student protest over plans to
renew stipends for married full-time yeshiva students.
In a statement on
Tuesday night, union head Itzik Shmuli said, “We cherish and respect the
honorable rabbi and thank him for the initiative. The union positively accepts
this invitation to bring a message of reconciliation and brotherhood between the
secular and religious publics.”
The meeting takes place two days after
nearly 10,000 university students from across the country marched in Jerusalem
Monday under the banner “We’re not suckers!” to show their opposition to the
plan to renew the stipends.
On Monday, as the march was taking place, the
prime minister’s spokesman issued a statement defending its policy on stipends
for yeshiva students.
“The government is dealing with the issue of
supplements for yeshiva students in the exact same way the government has for
the past 30 years, and the supplements in question total the same sum approved
by former governments,” the statement read.Melanie Lidman contributed to