Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a massive funding project for the city of Sderot near the Gaza Strip during Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office.
“First of all, I would like to thank you, host and Mayor Alon Davidi, and the authority heads who are here with us, together with the ministers. Today, we are holding a special Cabinet meeting in Sderot and have major news for Sderot and the area around the Gaza Strip,” he said.
“This is not the first time that we are here. The governments that I have led, together with our friends, have been active here over the past decade in two main areas – security and development,” the prime minister added.
Emphasizing transportation and security, Netanyahu highlighted the rapid growth of the area.
“I would like to show you, before we discuss what we are doing today, what a major effect this has had on increasing the population of Sderot and the area around the Gaza Strip. You can see this here: Population growth in the State of Israel, which is impressive by any global standard, was 22.7%, very large growth in the State of Israel. Here is the growth for the area around the Gaza Strip. See what has happened in the area since 2014,” he stated.
“The area has grown. Citizens of Israel are coming en masse to the communities of the area and population growth in the area is 70% more than the impressive increase in the State of Israel. In 2014, with Protective Edge and the first five-year plan, and again in 2032 with Guardian of the Wall,” Netanyahu added.
The announcement included a large funding increase for the community.
“Today, we will continue this effort with an additional NIS 1.6 billion. This plan includes developing and upgrading public spaces, boosting education and young people, strengthening the local economy, increasing the council’s readiness for emergencies and other items that we will detail soon,” Netanyahu stated.
“I would like to emphasize that the area around the Gaza Strip is Israel. All sectors of our nation live here: Religious, secular and traditional, new and veteran immigrants, east and west – everyone. We will continue to develop the area around the communities in the area, in Israel, for the benefit of the residents and for the benefit of the entire State of Israel,” he concluded.