JERUSALEM (VINnews) — The Israeli government’s plan to provide a flat grant to every family in Israel has come under severe criticism in recent days, as economists claimed that the plan does not provide a proper respite for those in more desperate need. However Chareidi politicians and Chareidi media also sharply attacked the grant plan because it stipulates that the grants will be given up to the third child and not for subsequent children.
MK Moshe Gafni called on government ministers to vote in favor of the grant only if it is given differentially and every child receives an individual grant. “Every child is a hungry child.”
Gafni added that ” I don’t know why we need to give money to wealthy families? Why not give the money differentially (based on income)? And why not according to the number of children?
An editorial in the Hamodia newspaper also criticized Netanyahu’s plan. “Netanyahu, the fourth an fifth children are also hungry,” wrote the editor, adding that the decision to give the grant to the first, second and third children is a “mix of cheap populism catering to the secular votes and intentionally discriminating against Chareidi children.” In a reference to the 2003 child allowance cuts made when Netanyahu was finance minister, the editor asked “What did the children of large families do to Netanyahu that he has been harassing them for nearly 20 years?”
“This government which is responsible during the coronavirus period for maltreating the Chareidi public via selective enforcement, closures and violence is doing it again regarding providing food to eat.
“We want to call this by it’s name,” the editor concluded. “It’s discrimination. We request in the name of the children: ‘Give me – the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, tenth and eleventh child (bless them), give me a piece of bread, even if I wash my hands and make Hamotzi.”