The Knesset Economics Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing, Monday morning, regarding last week's decision by Vita Pri Hagalil to close its produce processing plant in the Galilee town of Chatzor Hag'lilit, putting dozens of people out of work.
Vita Pri Hagalil owner Zachi Cohen claims that former Industry, Commerce and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer promised him, at the time he bought the plant from its previous distressed owner, that he would see to it that the company would receive assistance from the government's investment center, even though its products are not exported. He added that he had invested in building a new factory.
The ministry claims no such promise was made, although the ministry said it would examine the possibility of assisting the plant under general rules, but it became clear that the company did not qualify. Cohen and members of the ministry and the Treasury are scheduled to appear at the hearing.