Yishai claims agreement exists on yeshiva stipend funds
Steinitz calls reports "a pathetic attempt to make headlines, incite population"; Kadima accuses PM of "lying to the public once again."
By JONAH MANDEL, JPOST.COM STAFF
November 7, 2010 21:18
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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
covert agreement between Shas and the Finance Ministry paved the
legislative way for NIS 110 million in support of kollel students,
according to Interior Minister Eli Yishai as cited by haredi website
According to Yishai, this understanding followed
the High Court of Justice ruling against the non-egalitarian funding of
Torah scholars, and was a precondition to Shas's joining the government.
The law prohibits such agreements that did not receive the approval of
the cabinet secretary.
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The Finance Ministry "vehemently" denied the existence of such an agreement on
Sunday. The Interior Ministry clarified that there was no formal
agreement, rather an understanding that the haredi parties would bring
to the Knesset floor a bill on funding kollel students.
A Kadima spokesman issued a response to the report, saying, "It has been
revealed that while the public and the students were shouting for
equality, the prime minister was behaving like a wheeler-dealer and
secured a deal under the table for his own political survival."
The statement continued by saying that Kadima will "use legislative and
legal tools to expose the government's injustices and to stop it from
breaking the laws of the state." The spokesman accused Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu of "lying to the public."
The Finance Ministry statement said that "no agreement was signed with Shas or any other political authority on this subject." It continued, decrying "another pathetic instance of Knesset sources trying to make headlines and incite an entire population against the government."'
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