2 coalition MKs demand NIS 14 billion in political earmarks be diverted to war effort

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Lawmakers attend a plenum session in the Knesset in Jerusalem, October 16, 2023. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
Lawmakers attend a plenum session in the Knesset in Jerusalem, October 16, 2023. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Two senior coalition MKs ask government party leaders to transfer the NIS 13.7 billion in funds earmarked for political promises to the war effort.

In a letter today, Likud MK Yuli Edelstein and National Unity MK Zeev Elkin urge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political partners to redirect the so-called coalition funds, writing that “there is no doubt in our hearts that the coalition heads will understand the present need and discover national responsibility.”

Coalition funds, a politically discretionary portion of the state budget, are awarded as part of political promises for parties to join a coalition.

Netanyahu’s government came under fire for directing a large portion of the monies to ultra-Orthodox priorities, including several religious school systems that do not adhere to Education Ministry curricular guidelines.

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