Photo:Yaron Brenner
Promises to the north
Photo:Yaron Brenner

Olmert: NIS 10 billon to be invested in north

In gathering in Akko, PM says half of sum to be dedicated to reparations for citizens of north from property tax authority for damages they suffered during war. Regarding future, Olmert says 'we will ensure government will be ready for any future threat'

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that in the coming years, significant sums of money will be invested in the north. Those sums could reach NIS 10 billion (about USD 2.3 billion). About half of the sum will be dedicated to reparations for citizens of the north from the property tax authority for damages they suffered during the war.


Another sum of NIS 2.8 billion (about USD 646 million) is dedicated to the north in the 2007 budget and more funds will arrive from donations from Jewish communities in the world.


Olmert said these words in a gathering in the northern city of Akko where he signed reciprocal agreements of mutual support between cities and municipalities in Israel.

Olmert in Akko (Photo: Hagai Aharon)


Olmert said that the mutual support that was seen between the local municipalities during the war is one of the things that allowed the country to deal with the difficulties.


"The solidarity among the people crossed ethnic and religious lines. Jewish, Circassian, Druze, and Arab municipalities all joined in this great effort," Olmert said.


Olmert also addressed the criticism about his performance and the performance of the government during the war. He said that there were failures and problems which we must deal with but "despite all of the difficulties and the pain, we have a state with great achievements. In times of hardship, we lose our perspective."


Mayor of Carmiel and Chair of the Organization of Local Municipalities Adi Eldar said that he hopes the warm embrace of the Prime Minister will trickle down to all cabinet ministries.


פרסום ראשון: 09.19.06, 23:45
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