Daily Israel Report

Shomron Security Helps Jews and Arabs

Security centers in Samaria assist both Jews and Arabs as needed.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 10/7/2010, 3:23 AM / Last Update: 10/7/2010, 7:04 AM

Orna Hozman-Bechor, Director-General of Israel’s Regional Development Ministry, toured Samaria’s communities on Tuesday and took a close look at the security centers that are meant to provide rescue and assistance to residents of the area, Jews and Arabs alike.

They operate in the communities of Beit Aryeh, Elkana, and Kedumim. She also visited the security center which is run by the Shomron (Samaria) Regional Council and operates in Machane Horon. These centers are usually the first ones to provide assistance in any life threatening emergencies in the region of Samaria.

During her tour, Hozman-Bechor was impressed by the necessity of these security centers and was pleasantly surprised to hear that there has been an increase in the amount of assistance provided to Palestinian Arabs in the region.

The Regional Development Ministry is a government ministry responsible for planning and promoting joint projects with Israel’s neighbors: the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Turkey, and other Arab countries in the region. Israel cooperates with these in fields such as hi-tech, agriculture on land and in water, tourism, and the environment.

At the conclusion of her tour, Hozman-Bechor said that she would work to assist the continued operation of these security centers, which are proof that there can be regional ooperation.

Hozman-Bechor also toured the local Samaritan community and museum, along with Shomron Regional Council Mayor Gershon Mesika. The tour was guided by one of the leaders of the Samaritan community, who explained about their customs.