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Finance Ministry recommends to shut down Diaspora Ministry

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The Israeli Finance Ministry has recommended shutting down the Diaspora Affairs and Combatting Antisemitism Ministry as part of a plan to reallocate funds amid ongoing military engagements. The closure of the ministry, which plays a crucial role in maintaining connections between Israel and Jewish communities worldwide, has sparked concern within the global Jewish diaspora. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich is leading the budget reshuffling but has delayed the decision to partially freeze coalition funds. The government's legal advisor has ruled that non-war-related coalition funds will be frozen, potentially reallocating resources to the war effort. The proposed closures also include five other ministries.

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