Finance Committee approves budget for bullet-proof buses

Finance Committee agrees to transfer $12,800,000 budget to protect school, civilian buses.

Hezki Baruch ,

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

The Knesset's Finance Committee on Monday afternoon approved the transfer of 45 million NIS ($12,800,000) to bulletproof Judea and Samaria buses.

Following the announcement, Jewish Home MK Moti Yogev said he would not follow through on his threat to cease voting with the coalition.

"This budget is a literal lifesaver for students and travelers in Judea and Samaria," he said. "The shooting attack on a bus which occurred just last night would have ended with people wounded if the bus had not been bulletproof."

On Sunday night, terrorists opened fire on a bulletproof Israeli passenger bus carrying students near the town of Ofra in Samaria, north of Jerusalem Sunday night, damaging the vehicle. No one was injured.

Yogev also thanked Finance Committee Chairman Moshe Gafni (UTJ) and Jewish Home MK Bezalel Smotrich for their "efforts in the fight" for the budget's approval.

"We will continue to work to bulletproof buses and to implement the other security measures necessary to protect those living in Judea, Samaria, the north, and the Gaza Belt area," he said.