Netanyahu promises:
'We will invest 800 million shekels in Yesha infrastructure'

PM promises 800 million shekel budget to develop Judea and Samaria infrastructure, starting next year.

Ido ben Porat ,

Yesha Council with Prime Minister
Yesha Council with Prime Minister

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his bureau chief Yoav Horovitz met this afternoon with the Yesha Council in a followup to a meeting held several weeks ago, when the Council presented the PM with a letter demanding equality for Judea and Samaria in infrastructure budget allocation.

In today’s meeting, the Prime Minister told the Council that he had worked in recent weeks to implement the request, culminating in the approval of a road development program for the population in Judea and Samaria amounting to some 800 million shekels that is to take effect in the coming 2018 budgetary year.

“This decision expresses the government’s perception of settlement, which sees Judea and Samaria as an inseparable part of the State of Israel in the future as well,” the Yesha Council said.

Yesha Council Chairman Avi Roeh said that “This is significant and strategic news for the general population living in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley. After a long period of intensive work with officials in various government ministries, the Prime Minister is promoting, together with [Judea and Samaria leaders] an appropriate response that bridges a gap of decades in transportation and infrastructure. We were pleased to see that the Prime Minister is committed to upgrading ithat nfrastructure.”