Comprehensive coverage

MK Ilatov's bill: 20 million NIS per year to encourage higher education studies for veterans in engineering, science and technology

Yehuda Zisafel, president of the Red Binat group, chairman of Red Communications and co-author of the bill: "It is important that state funds are used wisely, in the professions required for the high-tech and biotech industry in particular and the Israeli economy as a whole, as well as providing a real opportunity to integrate veterans in these fields."

MK Robert Ilatov
MK Robert Ilatov

The bill for the reception of discharged soldiers (amendment - encouragement of engineering and technology studies), which was passed this week by the Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs, goes up for a preliminary vote today (Wednesday, June 12) in the Knesset plenum. The proposal, which was initiated by MK Robert Ilatov ("Israel Beitnou") and MK David Rotem, was intended to amend the wording of the original section, in such a way that it would require that the determination of the rules for the implementation of the fund, which currently amounts to approximately NIS 20 million, be done with reference to For the purpose of targeted encouragement of fields of study required for the economy and the labor market in Israel, in a way that is not currently done in this framework, and in particular engineering, science and technology studies, which are currently required for the continued advancement and development of the Israeli economy.

The reference in the nomenclature "higher education study encouragement fund for discharged soldiers", says MK Ilatov, is to the secondary fund (2b) and not to the main fund, which is not being used, as of today. Amendment No. 12 to the Law on the Admission of Discharged Soldiers, 1994-XNUMX, established the establishment of a fund to encourage higher education studies for discharged soldiers, within which the state encourages discharged soldiers to study in institutions of higher education. "In practice, the criteria for selecting the programs in terms of their activity and the students who study in them that the foundation supports do not include today any significant reference to the preference of required fields of study, among other things because this is not explicitly included in the wording of the law," says MK Ilatov.

According to Yehuda Zisafel, partner in the bill, president of the Red Binat group, chairman of Red Communications, and the founder of the "Horizons for Hi-Tech" program (which provides support for veterans to be admitted to academic studies), the survival of Israeli high-tech companies depends on their creativity and competitiveness, which often come with the entry The younger guys to the system. "There is no doubt that the bill is very important, which I hope will pass quickly in the Knesset, will contribute to the competitiveness of the economy and Israeli hi-tech."

"Israeli knowledge and technology-intensive industries are the main growth engine of the Israeli economy and make up 15% of GDP, and about 35% of exports," says MK Ilatov. "Today, the high-tech industry faces a growing shortage of engineers and those with technological training. There is no doubt that the State of Israel should encourage the young people who are talented to integrate into knowledge-intensive industries as a top priority and create mechanisms in which every discharged soldier who can, in terms of his skills and desires, even if his hand is not capable, integrate into these professions and provide the discharged soldier with the tools for a respectable lifestyle."

Yehuda Zisafel, president of the Red Binat group, chairman of Red Communications
Yehuda Zisafel, president of the Red Binat group, chairman of Red Communications

A similar bill was previously placed on the table of the Eighteenth Knesset by MK Ilatov and a group of Knesset members (P/4235/18).


  1. Your method was tried in Reagan's USA and Thatcher's UK and failed. The public education system in the USA is today the worst in the Western world, and the engineers who study at Harvard and Princeton are all Indians and Chinese - countries that knew how to invest government investment in education.

  2. It is better that they give the soldiers a fair salary and not such handouts.
    The lack of engineers can be partially addressed by lowering the terrible taxes and the government intervention that causes hiatists to flee abroad.

Leave a Reply

Email will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismat to prevent spam messages. Click here to learn how your response data is processed.

Science website logo