UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The fact that the financial budget of Israel did not depend in light of the political crisis was reflected in the neediest population, so the aid decreased for people with physical disabilities, and the Talmudic schools were left almost bankrupt while a social organization financed its needs through donations.
Since the parliament’s dissolution in December 2018, Israel has witnessed two ballots, but they have not allowed the separation of Likud led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a “blue-white” coalition led by Benny Gantz. Against this background, Israel is preparing for new elections on 2 March.
In light of the fact that the transitional government headed by Netanyahu does not possess a majority in the Knesset, it is unable to adopt a budget, as she made clear to France Press, the former governor of the Bank of Israel, Karnit Vlog.
“The budget of security has not been affected, but the situation is difficult in other areas,” said Flug, who is currently a researcher with the Institute of Israeli Democracy and teaching economics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
According to her, the funds allocated to create hundreds of additional classrooms to keep pace with the growing population in Israel have been frozen.
It also notes the suspension of support programs for persons with physical disabilities, programs against family violence and the improvement of medical care for the most needy.
Fallogh summarizes the scene by saying that the lack of the fiscal year 2020 budget “touches those most in need”.
– “Social Iron Dome” –
In addition to cuts in government programs, NGOs relying on public funds for basic social services also face a critical situation.
One of these organizations, Mejalim, which helps about 8,000 young people, lost 75% of its benefits due to the budget stalemate, says its president, Assaf Weiss.
Founded 20 years ago, this organization works to help teenagers who face family difficulties or have been victims of violence.
Since the organization refused to deprive its youth of services because “some of the crazy people in the Knesset” were unable to form a government, Assaf Weiss took another path.
He sent a letter of protest to the Israeli Ministry of Finance, considering that his organization and other organizations represent the “social iron dome” for Israel, referring to the defensive “iron dome” organization.
In the absence of the ministry’s response, Assaf Weiss turned to social media to raise the necessary funds for his organization’s activities.
He told France Press “it was an emergency fund-raising campaign” and allowed two million shekels, which equals 808,000 euros in three weeks.
– “life or death” –
The most recent polls indicate that Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz are close in the upcoming elections on March 2, the third in a year.
And if they won parliamentary seats close numerically or equal, for the third time in a row, the negotiations to form a government will be complicated, which raises doubts about the possibility of adopting a new budget soon.
But the paradox is that the budget crisis may prompt Netanyahu’s ultra-Orthodox parties and hold about 10% of the seats, to get the budget out of the impasse.
The ultra-Orthodox institutions rely heavily on public money to implement their programs, but have seen their allocations melt in recent months due to the budget crisis.
The Talmudic schools (Yeshivot) face a fiscal deficit of 88 million dollars for the year 2020, according to Franz Press, a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute, Gilad Malach.
The group of ultra-Orthodox Jews is among the most in need in Israeli society.
Ha’aretz journalist Chaim Levinson considers that these conditions make the budget issue a “matter of life and death” for hard-line Orthodox politicians.
The journalist believes that if these people feel that the dilemma will continue, they will “play an active role in order to force Netanyahu to make concessions, because they urgently need the money.”
For his part, Malach considers that it might lead them to “join a coalition led by Gantz” to ensure their presence in the next government.
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