Elkin Criticizes Smotrich

Elkin vs. Smotrich: "This is madness, take responsibility"

Member of Knesset Ze'ev Elkin criticized Minister Smotrich following his decision to freeze the financial grants for institutes intended for East Jerusalem Arabs, stating, "In the name of populism, Smotrich is pushing students from East Jerusalem towards the path of terror. This is insane"

Ze'ev Elkin (Photo: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90)

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich continues to face criticism over his decision to freeze a special grant intended for institutes of higher education for East Jerusalem Arabs, claiming that they lack oversight and that the money also reaches terrorist entities. Member of Knesset Ze'ev Elkin from the Machane HaMamlachti criticized the decision, asserting that it is populist and will push Arab students towards the path of terrorism.

Elkin recounted: "A few years ago, the government made a decision to fund academic studies in Jerusalem for residents of the eastern part of the city. The Prime Minister at the time was Binyamin Netanyahu. A member of the coalition was MK Bezalel Smotrich. Apparently, someone advised Finance Minister Smotrich this week to halt the transfer of funds intended to encourage higher education among the Arab residents of the eastern part of the city in academic institutions."

The MK also added: "The rationale: stopping budgeting for the Arabs will not harm the basis." The simple mistake: those students are residents of the State of Israel. Instead of studying in recognized Israeli institutions, they will go to study in institutions in Nablus and Ramallah. Instead of taking part in studies in the State of Israel, they will act against the State of Israel - and return to Jerusalem as Israeli residents. The opponents: the head of the National Security Council, the General Security Agency and the security forces. Bezalel Smotrich, there is no shame in taking responsibility and deciding otherwise."

Smotrich: "Extremist Islamic cells have developed in universities and colleges"

As mentioned, Smotrich faced many criticisms for the step which, according to his claim, would prevent funding for terror. Last night, the leader of the Zionist Union responded to the criticism and explained the decision. In a post he published on social media, he wrote: "In recent years, extreme Islamic cells have developed in universities and colleges in Israel that repeatedly express identification with Israel's enemies and often push aside the feet of other students. During periods of security tension, the lives of Jewish students become unbearable. Moreover, these students are given preference over a Jewish student who served in the army and does reserves. We don't want Arab students to learn in Birzeit and then we get Birzeit at our universities."

Bezalel Smotrich (Photo: Haim Goldberg, Flash 90)

"During the Operation Shomer HaChomot, for example, Arab students in the academic institute at the Hebrew University officially held a strike, demonstrating on campus in solidarity with Hamas militants in Gaza and joining the 'struggle to save Al-Aqsa.' Unfortunately, this absurdity of extreme Islamic cells operating within academic institutions in the country and supporting our enemies under the guise of 'academic freedom' has become a disturbing reality."

Smotrich added and clarified: "I refuse to accept all these occurrences. And yes, I am not a rubber stamp of anyone, and again, I do not apologize for coming to promote values ​​and policies. That is why I was elected. That is why I conditioned the approval of this clause on the creation of mechanisms to deal with nationalist extremism in universities and prevent it."


Do not send comments that include inflammatory words, defamation, and content that exceeds the limit of good taste.

Israeli-Gaza, France, Macron

Macron proposes a solution - Gallant attacks: We will not sit with the French

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant attacked the French initiative to establish a tripartite committee with the Americans in order to resolve the tensions with Hezbollah. 

Liran Vainshtain, JFeed Staff | 14.06.24

Israel-Gaza War, Hostages

Fauda style: The undercover elite unit lived near Noa Argamani for 19 days 

The heroic rescue of the four hostages last Saturday was preceded by a complex intelligence operation in which the elite unit rented an apartment next to the house where Noa was held.

Avi Nachmani, JFeed Staff | 14.06.24

Hezbollah, Rocket attacks

Alarming: 68% success rate in intercepting UAVs from Lebanon

During the last 72 hours, the IDF's defense systems and fighter jets intercepted 11 out of 16 drones launched by Hezbollah.

Avi Nachmani, JFeed Staff | 14.06.24

Israel-Gaza War, Hostages

The American hostage rescue operation that almost came to pass

The Washington Post recently reported on a planned US operation to rescue American hostages held in Gaza.

Avi Nachmani, JFeed Staff | 14.06.24

IDF, Military Service

The next uproar? The government to discuss an increase in the length of  reservist military service

Minister of Defense Yoav Galant's proposal to prolong reserve service for soldiers and officers to be reviewed. 

Liran Vainshtain, JFeed Staff | 14.06.24

Israel-Gaza War, Hamas, Hostages

Where is the Bibas family? 

Gantz suggests that Israel knows the fate of the Bibas family, but that it will be publicly acknowledged later on.

Gila Isaacson | 14.06.24

Israel-Gaza War, Hamas, Hostages

Hamas admits that it has no idea how many hostages are still alive

Hamas spokesperson Osama Hamadan says that Hamas itself doesn't know the fate of the hostages still in Gaza.

Gila Isaacson | 14.06.24

IDF, Hezbollah, Lebanon

Israel strikes southern Lebanon as fighting intensifies 

The IDF attacked in southern Lebanon in response to Hezbollah's recent rocket barrage.

Gila Isaacson, JFeed Staff | 14.06.24

Israel-Gaza War, Heroes

Not all heroes wear capes: The extraordinary heroism of Rami Davidian

Farmer Rami Davidian's unyielding bravery: How one man's heroic actions saved hundreds during the October 7 Hamas attack.

Gila Isaacson | 14.06.24

IDF, Charedim

Israeli singer Hanan Ben Ari urges charedim to enlist

Hanan Ben Ari issues a heartfelt plea for unity and enlistment amid national crisis.

Gila Isaacson | 14.06.24

United Kingdom, Politics

New poll shows Reform overtaking Tories as second largest UK party

Things continue to look grimmer and grimmer for the long-established Conservative Party as elections are less than a month away.

Avi Woolf | 13.06.24

Red Sea, Houthis

Houthis strike ship with two cruise missiles, causing damage and seriously wounding sailor

Aircraft from the cruiser USS Philippine Sea evacuated the sailor for further medical treatment. 

Avi Woolf | 13.06.24