Reducing child allotments was the topic of furious debate in the Knesset last Sunday. The end-of-year Financial Budget is on the table and proposes a blanket reduction of monthly child support from NIS175 to NIS140 (about $37 US). All parents receive this child support grant through the National Insurance Institute of Israel, for children under the age of 18.
What a joy to grow up in a big family! Children are a great blessing, each one a gift from God. Good health is also a blessing but in this fallen world, it is not something that can be taken for granted. Some of Israel's young people are already heroes at a tender age, fighting for life in the battle against illness.
Israel actively loves her children! Israel is one of the few countries in the world continuously working to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all young people - how wonderful to see youngsters playing together in the parks without a care, their shouts and laughter filling the air on hot summer nights - or taking buses on their own to and from school and activities.