Government ministers vote to establish a new community near the Gaza Strip.
The new town, named Hanon, will be located in the Sdot Negev regional council near Kibbutz Sa’ad. A government statement says it will eventually be home to 500 families.
The area around the Hamas-run Strip, known in Hebrew as the “Gaza envelope,” has frequently been subject to rocket attacks by terrorists in the enclave, including in the past few days.
“The establishment of the community is further evidence of the resilience of the Gaza envelope and the power of the State of Israel. We’re proud to build up the Land of Israel and we’re proud to strengthen settlement in all parts of our land,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says.