Knesset panel approves funds for rebuilding Gaza border towns, shelters for Bedouin towns

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Illustrative: Houses destroyed when Hamas terrorists infiltrated Kibbutz Be'eri on October 7, seen on October 25, 2023. (Edi Israel/Flash90)
Illustrative: Houses destroyed when Hamas terrorists infiltrated Kibbutz Be'eri on October 7, seen on October 25, 2023. (Edi Israel/Flash90)

The Knesset’s Finance Committee approves NIS 1.15 billion ($308 million) to create the recently announced Tekuma Authority, tasked with rebuilding Gaza border communities devastated by Hamas’s October 7 terror attack.

The funds are redirected from the 2023 budget, although their sources were not immediately disclosed, and will go toward “emergency assistance to communities near the Gaza Strip, assistance to the cities of Ofakim and Ashkelon, and authorities absorbing evacuated populations,” according to a readout from the Finance Committee.

In addition, the Finance Committee approves NIS 50 million for creating shelters in Bedouin towns in the southern Negev region and for placing 250 satellite internet portals to enable remote learning and connectivity in shelters, among other emergency expenses.

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