Government meeting (archive)
Government meeting (archive)Alex Kolomoisky/POOL

The government today announced a list of localities and areas that will be recognized as national priorities within the framework of a new national priority map for the years 2018-2021.

For the first time, a map of the social periphery was approved for use by all government ministries. The map includes weak neighborhoods and settlements, which have not yet been answered in the framework of the decision on priority towns.

The map includes a response to weak or neglected neighborhoods in Lod, Ramle, Ariel, Kiryat Malachi, Ashkelon, Arad, Yeruham, Dimona, and Jerusalem.

The general map of the Negev and Galilee areas (including the districts of Golan, Safed, Acre, Kinneret, Jezreel, and Beer Sheva), towns which are adjacent to the fence, towns which are threatened, towns in Judea and Samaria, and new towns.

Another innovation in the new map is the preference for clusters of local authorities. The clusters, which began operating in recent years, are voluntary associations of local authorities.

The government is working through the new map to encourage these associations, which lead to cooperation between the authorities, to narrow the gaps between adjacent authorities, and to improve service to the residents.

The national priority map is a central tool that enables government ministries to allocate resources to regions and communities that have been recognized as being a national priority. The general map includes about 25% of the population of the State of Israel, and the map of the social periphery will include about 30% of the population.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu praised the publishing of the map. "We are bringing a new national priority map, which strengthens the settlements in the social periphery, and not necessarily geographically, because the intention is for neighborhoods and weak settlements in the center of the country, to which we have not yet been given an answer - and we are correcting this injustice today," he said.