Government okays NIS 19 billion Gaza border reconstruction plan

The cabinet has approved a five-year, NIS 19 billion ($5 billion) plan to rebuild and strengthen communities near the Gaza border after the October 7 attack, the Prime Minister’s Office says.

The funds are slated to go toward housing, infrastructure, education, employment, health and other areas.

“Hamas terrorists wanted to uproot us – but we will uproot them and deepen our roots,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says in a statement. “We will build the Land of Israel and protect our country.”

Included in the package is NIS 307 million ($81.3 million) to rehabilitate the environment of the area near Gaza by 2028, including projects such as waste removal and new waste facilities, creating nature sites for Gaza border residents, and lining streets with trees for shade.

The earmark omits the NIS 72 million ($19 million) that the Environmental Protection Ministry estimates is needed to return some 7,000 dunams (1,730 acres) of open space back to health after they were damaged by military vehicles in connection with the war against Hamas in Gaza.

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