Economics Minister Naftali Bennett told the directors of kibbutz industries, Thursday, that the financial arrangements law associated with the budget will include significant moves in favor of Israel's peripheral areas. Calling the magnetism of central Israel "a national disaster", he said it was his attention to reverse that magnetism in favor of growth in the Galilee and the Negev.
Chairman Yonathan Basi of the Kibbutz Industry Association said industry in peripheral areas is difficult from all points of view and involves pricy expenditures, but constitutes 80 percent of the kibbutz economy. Secretary Eitan Broshi of the Kibbutz Movement have to deal with a lot of threats as a result of government policy, including the proposed value-added tax on produce. He asked Bennett to return the kibbutzim to their status as part of the design of national policy and not as its victims."