Money to pay for permanent housing for Jews who were expelled by the government from Gaza in 2005 is being held up due to a strike by employees of the Tenufa Administration set up to deal with their compensation, according to a Friday report by Israel Defense Forces Radio. The strike is over separation compensation to the employees when Tenufa finishes its mandate, a few months from now. Eliezer Orbach, who heads the Gush Katif Residents' Committee says that people have been waiting years for money that will take longer to arrive because the strike is preventing the appropriate committees from meeting.
Authority over Tenufa is supposed to pass from the Prime Minister's Office to the Housing and Construction Ministry in the coming weeks. Housing Minister Uri Ariel has pledged to study the situation and formalize a work plan to expedite the situation. Tenufa said it would act as quickly as possible to end the strike.