Rabin and Begin Centers in danger of closing

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
The Rabin Center and the Center for the Heritage of Menahem Begin, which were both established by law, are under the threat of being shut down after the government cut about 55 percent of their budgets.

The managements of the two centers have urgently approached Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office Raanan Dinur requesting him to hold a special discussion on the matter and asked for the formation of an independent committee which will examine their future.

Both centers were established by law after an official cabinet decision. One year ago the Rabin Center moved to its new location and the Begin Center moved a year and a half ago.

CEO of the Begin Center said that because of the cuts to their budget, there will be no choice but to shut them down. In any case all of the centers’ activities will be halted and there will be no ceremonies, student training, or official events.

The Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement saying that the cuts in the budget are cuts which were imposed on all government offices and that includes all organizations which enjoy government funding.

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