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Amid IDF scholarship bill crisis, Bennett declares: Don’t make this political

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

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (2nd-R) and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (2nd-L) attend the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on May 22, 2022. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool/AFP)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (2nd-R) and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (2nd-L) attend the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on May 22, 2022. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool/AFP)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett criticizes members of the opposition for their vow to vote against a bill that would provide scholarships to certain IDF veterans — not because they oppose it, but so that they won’t be seen as backing government legislation.

“IDF soldiers fought for us. We need to give them what they deserve today and not in another four years when Likud comes back,” Bennett tells journalists outside his Knesset office. “Don’t do small politics, don’t raise a hand against IDF fighters.”

Bennett’s remarks come in the context of gearing up for a big fight this evening to pass a bill to fund scholarships for recently released soldiers.

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