Teenage and youth organizations in Israel have been fighting against planned cuts in government funding, and their efforts seem to have paid off. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich announced at a meeting of the Knesset Finance Committee that there would be a review of the decision to reduce funding for these organizations. According to Smotrich, the budget for youth organizations will still be reduced, but not as significantly as initially expected. Instead of 10 million shekels, the reduction will only be 1 million shekels.
Leaders of these organizations had argued that the loss of state support would effectively mean the end of teenage and youth movements in Israel, including well-known groups like Bnei Akiva and Tzofim. However, it appears that their protests have been successful in persuading the government to reconsider its decision.
In other news, it has been reported that hackers were able to access sensitive information on Facebook and Instagram. It is unclear how this information relates to the content about funding cuts for youth organizations, but it is important to note that cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly pressing concern in today’s digital age.