Former SLA soldiers to receive state grants

The Knesset Finance Committee approved the payment of NIS 40,000 to families of Southern Lebanese Army escapees, expressing the State's appreciation to the soldiers' service to Israel. A first payment of NIS 11,000 was expected to be granted to 600 families already on Thursday, Israel Radio reported. In addition, the committee approved the payment of three salaries to former SLA soldiers for every year of service.