The review of the decision to reduce funding for teenage and youth organizations by Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich has led to a significant change in the adjusted draft state budget for 2024. Instead of a 10 million shekel reduction, the new budget only includes a 1 million shekel cut.
Leaders of these organizations had argued that the loss of state support would effectively mean the end of teenage and youth movements in Israel, including well-known groups like Bnei Akiva and Tzofim. However, Smotrich’s announcement has given hope to these organizations that they may be able to continue their work with some level of support.
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