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Education Minister Joins Samarian Kindergarten Kids

Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar visits kindergarten in the Samaria town of Elkana.
By Elad Benari and Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 1/6/2011, 8:56 PM / Last Update: 1/7/2011, 2:15 AM

Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar went back to kindergarten for a day on Thursday when he took part in the dedication ceremony of a new kindergarten in the northern neighborhood of the Samaria town of Elkana.


Sa’ar was welcomed by the children and sat with them as they performed a special skit they prepared for him. He also took part in a tree planting ceremony and planted a tree in the kindergarten’s brand new garden.

Sa’ar told IsraelNationalNews TV that coming to Elkana to take part in the dedication is “very natural,” and mentioned that similar activities are doing in other parts of the country as well, and Elkana is no exception.“It’s not a special occasion. It’s something that I do from time to time everywhere.”

Sa’ar addressed the construction freeze in Judea and Samaria and pointed out that “in terms of building new kindergartens and new classrooms in schools, there was no freeze. We continued to do it. I believe that no one anywhere imagined that we shouldn’t give an answer to concrete needs of the population and of the kids here in Judea and Samaria and this is something that we will continue to do in the future.”

Finally, Sa’ar said that now that the freeze is over, new homes should be built in Judea and Samaria (in what has been referred to as the “settlement blocs”). He added that the building process has been slow until now, despite the freeze being officially over.