Litzman holds NIS 150m. from regional councils

Chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee Yaakov Litzman (UTJ) on Wednesday delayed allocating NIS 150 million for regional councils because the government had not yet provided United Torah Judaism with the funds it was reportedly promised as part of coalition agreements. According to Israel Radio, the money was meant to pay for salaries, building classes and paving roads. Litzman also refused to transfer NIS 1.5 million to the educational system as part of an agreement previously reached with Shinui. The UTJ lawmaker claimed the money came from the budget for burial and religious services, and demanded to change the sources of the funding. MK Ehud Ratzabi (Shinui) called Litzman's behavior disgusting and a degradation of the Knesset institutions.