Gov't planning major aid plan for Yesha towns

In light of terror wave and efforts overseas to target Yesha businesses, gov't planning aid package. Likud MK rejects offer as 'too little'.

David Rosenberg ,

Maaleh Adumim 2016
Maaleh Adumim 2016
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The government is reportedly planning a comprehensive aid package to strengthen Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

According to a report by NRG, the coalition will rule on a proposed plan this coming Sunday which would provide 40 million shekels ($10.5 million) in special assistance directly to communities across Judea and Samaria.

The proposed aid package comes as campaigns overseas targeting Israeli businesses over the Green Line gain traction, adding to the pressure of on ongoing terror wave that has put Yesha communities on the frontline.

Included in the proposed aid package is 15 million shekels ($3.93 million) from the Interior Ministry to bolster local security, which has borne the brunt of much of the violence since the terror wave began last fall.

Along with security, however, the aid package also takes into account the social, psychological, and economic impact of terrorism on communities over the Green Line.

Aside from added funding for security, the government is also mulling financial support for Israeli businesses in Judea and Samaria - who are increasingly finding themselves targeted by boycotts and labelling campaigns abroad, including a recent decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council to blacklist Israeli companies operating beyond the Green Line.

The Yesha aid plan also includes 6 million shekels ($1.57) from the Treasury and Welfare Ministries to support local welfare and social assistance programs in Judea and Samaria communities affected by terror.

Tourism in the area, which has been declined in the face of the terror wave, will also receive a boost, with millions of shekels aimed at encouraging visits to sites around Judea and Samaria.

Not all coalition members are happy with the proposal, however. While the government is widely expected to approve the measure next Sunday, Welfare Minister Haim Katz has objected to the proposed sums, claiming they do not come near to approaching the amount needed.