The Knesset plenum approved last night (Monday) in the first reading the two bills, which are intended to implement the grant program for citizens. The first bill seeks to allow an additional NIS 6.5 billion to be spent in 2020, in addition to the NIS 25 billion already approved, for the purpose of funding the one-time grant program, following the economic crisis caused by the outbreak of the corona virus. The proposal, the approval of which required a special majority of 61, received the support of 62 MKs, with no opponents and one abstention.
The second bill, which seeks to distribute one-time grants to citizens in order to encourage consumption and employment and propel the wheels of the Israeli economy, was supported by 80 MKs without opponents. Both proposals will be forwarded to the Finance Committee for further discussion.
According to the bill for financial assistance, a one-time grant of NIS 500 will be paid for a child, and a one-time grant of NIS 750 will be paid for an Israeli resident over the age of 18 or a married boy or girl. In addition, it is proposed to grant an additional NIS 750 to the populations of recipients of various benefits and pensions listed in the offer.
Finance Minister Israel Katz, who presented the proposal, said: “The result here is a result that on the one hand allows access to a very wide payment to the population, so that whoever receives naturally will use for his children, for his family, for himself, and increase consumption. In the United States, Japan and elsewhere have taken a similar approach, however, after further discussions in the various forums and in the government, it was decided to exclude those earning more than NIS 651,000 a year from the payment, and to allocate these funds to double aid to those recognized and supported populations. To enable the grant to be received. “
MK Eitan Ginzburg noted: “We in blue and white thought the general direction was right, but it was not enough. We thought that giving grants in equal amounts to each citizen only according to age criteria and the number of children did not meet the required need. “The elderly disabled or those who cannot afford it must feel the depth of this crisis more than others, and that is precisely why we have insisted on correcting the equation in such a way that those who have less will get more.”
MK Israel Eichler (Torah Judaism) criticized the limitation of grants for children up to the third child: “But they are fourth and fifth and tenth, and there are blessed families with children. They will grow up and think that this country does not want them, this country does not consider them equal citizens. And they will talk to us about equal rights and equality before the law.”