Bibi’s Promise to Lapid Unfulfilled


PMO drags its feet on funding programs for Diaspora high-school students in Israel

The Prime Ministers Office has yet to deliver on a financial promise made to a coalition of organizations promoting high-school programs for Diaspora youth in Israel.

The delay in funding for the organization, Lapid, comes at a time when the Israeli government is expanding its funding for the Birthright program, which focuses on university-aged students.

… In June 2010, representatives of Lapid, which is funded through charitable contributions, received a commitment by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to provide NIS 4 million in funding from the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs.

After several months went by and the funds were not transferred, the Public Diplomacy Ministry advised Lapid that the matter was in the hands of the Prime Minister’s Office, ultimately to be dealt with by Netanyahu’s political adviser Gabi Kadosh. As of this week, however, the organization has still not received the pledged NIS 4 million.