Southern Israeli Cities to be Given Economic Aid in Bid to Rehabilitate Region


negevIsrael’s Ministry of Economy is putting into action a plan to grant a number of economic benefits to the country’s battered south-west region of towns and Kibbutzim.

Citizens on the Gaza border, such as in the town of Sderot, have faced the brunt of close to 20,000 rocket and mortar attacks launched from Gaza. Once a major center for the textile industry, the last factory shut its doors in 2013.

A statement from the ministry listed areas of focus in the plan, including benefits to manufacturing plants and fortifying day care centers against rocket attacks.

The plan also promised grants from the Chief Scientist, increased subsidies for families, improving industrial infrastructure, and more.

Minister of the Economy, Aryeh Deri, wrote, “The industrialists in the Sderot and Gaza envelope region are struggling with a complex, difficult daily reality.”

The minister also cited the “difficult” security situation in the region following Operation Protective Edge last summer. In recent weeks rocket attacks from Gaza have recommenced on Israel’s southern communities.

Zack Pyzer – Tazpit News Agency

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