Chairman Moshe Gafni of the Knesset Science Committee said, Thursday, that he and his fellow committee members are demanding that a legal advisor be appointed to oversee implementation of the Sheshinski law on use of the millions of dollars expected in a few years from the country's new oil and natural-gas industry. He was responding to reports that the Treasury wants to use the income to cover debt and other aspects of the current budget instead of channeling the funds to programs spelled out in the legislation.
Rabbi Gafni claimed that he demanded independence from current budgets when he pushed the bill as chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee. He said the science committee will deal with the law in an orderly fashion during the winter session of the Knesset. He stressed that the money should go to strengthen Israeli society in all the important areas of welfare, education and health."