According to a report by state Comptroller Joseph Shapira, in 2013-2014, when the post of Minister of construction has held URI Ariel («Bayt Yehudi»), a large part of the subsidies of the Department of the settlement movement were allocated structures, led by the confidants of the Minister.
The report shows that the Department spent on subsidies of 48 million shekels from the Ministry allocated to him by the 51 million shekels. Of the amount spent 62% was allocated to organisations headed by the retinue.
The majority of the organizations that received subsidies were located in the center of the country. Organizations in the Negev only got 24%, and in Galilee – 15%.
The auditor General also notes that most of the funds were allocated to organizations dedicated to strengthening Jewish identity, the current in the gush Dan district and HaSharon.
In response to criticism of Ariel, currently occupying the post of Minister of agriculture, stated that people who lead a «religious cell» («Garin of torani» – a group of believers who have decided to live in a secular area to reinforce the Association of the district population with Judaism) are not his approach, and the «pioneers who chose the place of residence and applicable, recognizing the importance of its mission, both social and settlement».
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