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      Cabinet Decision Will Keep Kiryat Shmona Community Center Open

      A Cabinet decision approved on Sunday will help keep the community center in the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Shmona open.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 6/27/2011, 3:47 AM / Last Update: 6/27/2011, 4:14 AM

      Israel’s Cabinet approved on Sunday a solution to enable the continued operation of the community center, library and auditorium in the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Shmona. The approval is in keeping with a solution that was formulated by the Prime Minister’s Office on instruction from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

      The community center in the city was under threat of a closure due to a large deficit, but Sunday’s decision will allow it to be kept open. According to the decision, six million shekels in Government assistance will be allocated for community centers in areas near the border and in towns under threat, which have become caught up in severe economic difficulties.

      The proposal was formulated in cooperation with the ministries of Education, Finance, Interior, Negev and Galilee Development, and Culture and Sports.

      “As we promised, the Cabinet will, today, allocate the funds needed by cultural institutions, including the library, in Kiryat Shmona,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu. “I would like to thank Finance Minister [Yuval] Steinitz, Education Minister Gideon Saar, Minister Silvan Shalom, and Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat, all of whom acted in concert in order to resolve this issue.”

      Kiryat Shmona, which is located on Israel’s border with Lebanon, has been the target of many Katyusha rocket attacks by the Lebanon-based Hizbullah terror group. The city’s Deputy Mayor recently sent a letter to Netanyahu, urging him to install the Iron Dome anti-missile battery in the city due to the volatile security situation in the area.

      Last year, National Union chairman MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh) announced his intention to propose a special law to help Kiryat Shmona grow.