Food Stamp Initiative

The ultra-Orthodox ministers: "Call the High Court to cancel the decision"

Against the background of the High Court's decision to freeze the food stamp initiative, the ultra-Orthodox ministers are criticizing and calling for the decision to be reversed. Minister of Religious Services Michael Malchieli: "Stopping it is simply a scandal, we hope that this issue will be resolved as soon as possible"

Yitzchak Goldknopf (Photo: Srugim)

At the beginning of the cabinet meeting today (Sunday - Israel), Ministers Yitzhak Goldknopf and Michael Malchieli addressed the freezing of food stamps by the High Court of Justice.

As published last week, the High Court of Justice decided to freeze the food stamps project and an interim order was issued against the move. The decision infuriated the ministers of Shas and Torah Judaism. Minister Yitzhak Goldknopf said at the beginning of the cabinet meeting that the decision will be annulled, according to him "the court will understand that it is necessary to give poor people food stamps".

"outrageous decision"

Minister Michael Malchieli of Shas, who raised the project as her banner issue in the last elections, also addressed the storm before the meeting: There are Jewish and Arab people, religious and secular, on the eve of the holiday we receive a lot of calls about the coupons. People have been waiting many months for this, since the elections that promised them this, they are waiting for a person you all know, what was said about him, how much money he collected and from whom, went to those people and told them you will not receive it."

In conclusion, the minister said: "We are not ashamed to help even the ultra-Orthodox, many Arabs, immigrants from the Soviet Union, all shades of the rainbow, to stop it is simply a scandal, because people are waiting for it, they have no food in the fridge and the High Court in one moment decided to suspend it. We hope that this matter will be resolved as soon as possible." To the question of whether they would respect the rulings of the High Court, Minister Malchieli chose to ignore them.

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