Cabinet approves budget for first new Samaria town in 25 years

Government gives green light to transfer to Interior Ministry funds needed for infrastructure of Amona evictees' replacement community.

Hezki Baruch ,

Binyamin Netanyahu, Shas head Aryeh Deri
Binyamin Netanyahu, Shas head Aryeh Deri
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The government approved this morning, Sunday, at the weekly cabinet meeting the resolution to transfer to the Interior Ministry the required budget - 60 million shekels - for infrastructure work for the establishment of the community of Amichai.

The budget will be transferred to the Binyamin Regional Council, which will use the funds to renew work on establishing the community, intended for the evictees of Amona.

In response to the decision, Chairman of the Amona Staff Avichai Buaron said, “After many long weeks in which work for establishing the community was not advancing, and after a very hard roller-coaster-of-a-week pending the approval of the decision, we cautiously praise the decision which, in practice, will lead to a renewal of construction.”

He added, “We bless the prime minister and entire cabinet on the advancement of the decision - the prime minister proved that he is committed to the people of Amona, but that commitment will only be actualized completely when we ascend to a new community.”

“Worthy of special praise is Interior Minister Aryeh Deri who, last week, rose to the challenge and worked tirelessly in light of the situation of Amona evictees, while he and his entire office staff took responsibility for the budgetary dilemma and worked to bring about a successful solution despite the many difficulties. The people of Amona very much value the Interior Minister for this. We also bless the defense minister and the justice minister who worked for the success of the process,” he added.