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Government okays NIS 74 million allocation to West Bank settlements

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 Israel approved an allocation of NIS 74 million to the settlements in light of the worsening security situation in Judea and Samaria that has caused increased security challenges and hurt businesses.

“Today, the Cabinet will discuss an assistance plan to strengthen communities in Judea and Samaria,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the opening of the cabinet meeting. “This entails the work of many ministries on behalf of the residents there and will – inter alia – strengthen security, assist small businesses and encourage tourism.”

The NIS 74 million will include NIS 15 million from the Interior Ministry, NIS 10 million from the Agriculture Ministry, NIS 12 million from the Health Ministry, NIS 6 million from the Welfare and Social Services Ministry, and NIS 5.5 million from the Tourism Ministry . The rest of the sum will be provided by various other ministries According to the resolution , the NIS 12 million from the Health Ministry will be spent on creating centers to provide psychological support centers in the settlements.

According to the cabinet resolution, “Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria face a unique security situation on a daily basis because of their geographic location and the fabric of life in the area. From the beginning of October 2015, there was an escalation in the security situation in Judea and Samaria as a result of the wave of terror.”

According to the explanation of the resolution, the worsening security situation had an influence on life in the settlements in a number of areas, including on the psychological well being of the residents and economic damage to business. The additional funds are meant to deal with those issues, the resolution read.

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