Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana has attacked the opposition parties for their opposition to a law giving discharged soldiers stipends for higher education studies.

"The Bibi-Tibi pact is still in force, it seems," Kahana said, referring to the former premier along with Arab MK Ahmad Tibi of the Joint List. "This time, however, it is directed against IDF soldiers, with the Likud party voting together with the Joint List against the program. The objections of Tibi and Odeh to the law are obvious, but it's unclear why Netanyahu has chosen to join them.

"Overturning this law will not bring the government down; it will only punish IDF fighters," Kahana continued. "Netanyahu and the Likud - don't harm our soldiers as part of your political battle."