The government decided, Sunday, to build a permanent home for the Israel State Archives, adjacent to the Central Zionist Archives, which are housed next to the Binyanei Ha'uma International Convention Center, near the western entrance to Jerusalem. The new building will house the archives administration, an auditorium, exhibition hall and reading facilities.
Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser, who led the Cabinet decision, noted, "Building a worthy home for the Israel State Archives will ensure a basis for the ability to document state activities, preserve archival material for generations and guarantee their accessibility to the public in an optimal manner."
State Archivist Ya'akov Lazovik said that building a new permanent home for the archives will give it a place of honor as one of the institutions of Israel's democracy. "This decision – alongside the decisions to rebuild and strengthen national heritage infrastructures, establish an archival storage installation in Arad, and digitize the material and post it online – will allow the public to realize its democratic right and benefit from transparency in public activity."