The Ministerial Law Committee on Sunday authorized a law proposed by Yisrael Beiteinu MK Moshe Matalon to increase the grant given to IDF soldiers who complete service to NIS 20,000. The grant is currently NIS 9,300. The grant increase was part of the recommendations of the Trachtenberg Committee, which suggested ways that the government could relieve the financial strain of poor and middle-class Israelis in the wake of last summer's protests demanding a lower cost of living.
The measure will now be prepared for its first Knesset reading. If it passes into law the increase will be instituted within four years, Matalon said.