A businessman belonging to the Lubavitch ultra-Orthodox sect managed to persuade a number of Knesset members to include a clause in the tax reform, which passed into law yesterday, that was sewn up specifically for him.

Members of the Rabinovitch committee that compiled the tax reform had vehemently opposed inclusion of the clause, Gad Lior reports in

Yedioth Ahronoth

today.

"I am stunned that that clause passed," commented panel leader Yair Rabinovitch. "I hereby state that the members of my panel had no part in that peculation."

MK Michael Kleiner commented, "So what if I helped a Jew? I received no recompense for it."