Lone Soldiers under Financial Strain, Fear IDF Scholarship Bill Won't Pass
Lone soldiers are expressing concern for their finances and education ahead of the Knesset votes for the IDF Scholarship Bill on Monday, May 23.
The “MeMadim LeLimudim” scholarship for released lone soldiers, combat soldiers, and other soldiers from special backgrounds funds two-thirds of the cost of the veterans' academic or vocational studies — but has been suspended due to political disagreement and delays in the passing of the bill for the program.
Lone soldiers, foreign-born IDF service people without families in Israel, or Israelis estranged from their families, are especially impacted by these delays. They've expressed concern about being in debt and having to suspend their studies because they are unable to pay — And feel that MKs have turned them into political gambling chips, despite having left their families and risked their lives to serve in the IDF.
“The delay has affected me," said a former lone soldier currently serving as an officer. "I am currently studying for my master's and was counting on the scholarship to cover my last few months of university. I lost my mother to cancer recently and she was my main support mechanism. This has put me under unnecessary financial strain.”
The Ra'am Party agreed to support the bill, N12 reported on Tuesday, but the situation has become more tenuous since Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi said on Thursday that she would be departing the coalition — Leaving Bennett's faction with 59 MKs to the opposition's 61. (INN / VFI News)
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. - Psalm 34:17-20