Rabbinate, security officials face salary scandal

The State Prosecutor's Office is considering bringing to trial senior officials in the Rabbinate, the Israel Police and the Israel Prisons Service (IPS) on suspicion of receiving illegal payments on the basis of false torah studies. Reportedly, several of the suspects set up Jewish learning institutions across the country in which the security services employees studied for one or two years. However, the Chief Rabbinate allegedly gave the Israel Police and IPS workers approval for having learned in a higher yeshiva for five years, enabling the security services employees to receive salary benefits amounting to hundreds of millions of shekels.