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After hiking IDF salaries by 50%, Israel takes same step with national service

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After raising conscript soldiers’ salaries, the government on Monday announced that those in the civilian alternative to military service will also receive a 50 percent pay increase.

In a joint statement announcing the move, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman said that starting in January, the monthly payment for the estimated 18,000 national service volunteers will jump from NIS 540 ($170) to NIS 810 ($255).

They estimated the cost of the pay raise to be about NIS 60 million ($19 million).

“The national service members have done holy work for many years throughout the country, and give their heart and soul for the people of Israel,” Bennett was quoted as saying in the statement.

Liberman said the salary bump was aimed at encouraging........

© The Times of Israel

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