Coalition, opposition work together on bill to keep lone soldiers in Israel

A new bill seeking to encourage lone soldiers to stay in Israel after finishing their IDF service with a monthly monetary grant will go to a Ministerial Committee for Legislation vote on Sunday.

The effort crossed coalition and opposition lines, with MKs Itzik Shmuly (Zionist Union) and Yulia Malinovsky (Zionist Union) working together with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s support on the bill that would give lone soldiers NIS 1,000 per month for a year after finishing their IDF service, costing the government NIS 12m. each year. The monthly payment would be in addition to the grants they already receive upon discharge from the IDF.


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