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Cabinet okays NIS 500 million development plan for Negev towns as part of IDF move south

Government ministers approve a NIS 500 million (over $160 million) development plan for communities in the Negev Desert, as part of the transfer of military bases to southern Israel.

A government statement says the plan is aimed at “strengthening” towns in the Negev, citing the “considerable wage disparities” between communities around Beersheba and those in central Israel.

The plan includes funds for a public hospital, transportation and “a military-academic-industrial ecosystem,” among other things.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman all hail the plan’s approval in a joint statement, and IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi also praises the move.

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