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Coalition passes combat veterans tuition scholarships bill

A plenum session in the assembly hall of the Knesset in Jerusalem, on January 5, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A plenum session in the assembly hall of the Knesset in Jerusalem, on January 5, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Knesset has passed legislation that will finance 75 percent of combat veterans’ college tuition.

The coalition bill passes 55-6.

Shortly before the vote, Likud agreed to a compromise from Defense Minister Benny Gantz to increase the scholarship rate from 67% to 75%.

But then, the Joint List submitted a request for the final vote on the bill to be considered a vote of no confidence in the government.

As a result, the right-wing and religious parties in the opposition vacated the plenum, so that they would not have to vote in favor of the coalition.

With only the Joint List’s six MKs voting against the bill, the legislation passed overwhelmingly.

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