Kahlon blocks Yesha funding

Finance Minister shuts down talks with Agriculture Ministry over funding for projects across Judea and Samaria.

Shlomo Pyotrovsky,

Moshe Kahlon
Moshe Kahlon
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Finance Minister and Kulanu chairman Moshe Kahlon cutoff talks Thursday morning between his ministry and the office of Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) over funding for Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

The talks, which were part of standard budgeting procedure conducted for every government ministry, were terminated just hours before the government was set to approve a two-year budget agreement covering 2017 and 2018.

The Finance Ministry has pushed for cuts to defense allocations for Judea and Samaria, which have been incorporated into state budgets since the Oslo Agreement in 1993.

In total, the Finance Ministry is calling for 12.7 million shekels in cuts to funding for security in Judea and Samaria.

Despite the breakdown in talks between the Finance Ministry and Ariel’s office, the government is still expected to approve the biannual budget today, paving the way for a general vote in the Knesset.

Last week the Knesset approved the use of a biannual budget, a move intended to strengthen the government and reduce pressure by smaller coalition partners for increased funding.