Lapid: Government Will Not Compromise On Pushing Haredim Into Workforce
Lapid: Middle Class Is Not Supposed To Support People Who Can Work But Do Not
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Ha’aretz has reported that in a message to Yesh Atid Party activists, Yesh Atid’s Chairman Yair Lapid, who is also Israel’s Minister of Finance, said there is one main principle the government has no intention of compromising on – getting people who are able to work but who refuse to do so into the workforce and off welfare. The vast majority of these people are haredim who chose to study in yeshiva, sometimes for decades, while living mostly on welfare, child allowances and other government programs.
“There is one principle that we have no intention of compromising on: The Israeli middle class is not supposed to support people who can work but do not.
“This is an historic transition from a culture of allowances to a culture of work.
"It has been proven again and again, over many, many years, that the child allowances do not take people out of poverty; instead, they only perpetuate poverty. Only one thing allows families to rise above poverty: work. In families where both parents work, poverty sinks to below 5 percent. That is the meaning of parental responsibility. It’s also the meaning of social responsibility. We will do everything possible to help anyone who wants to enter the job market, from placement programs to financial incentives for anyone who works at a low wage,” Lapid reportedly wrote.