Netanyahu to meet northern mayors for first time in four months

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Memorial Day ceremony for Israel's fallen soldiers and victims of terror, at the Knesset in Jerusalem, May 12, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Memorial Day ceremony for Israel's fallen soldiers and victims of terror, at the Knesset in Jerusalem, May 12, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to meet municipal leaders from the north for the first time in almost four months, Hebrew-language media reports.

Since October 8, Hezbollah-led forces have attacked Israeli communities and military posts along the border on a near-daily basis, with the group saying it is doing so to support Gaza during the war against Hamas.

As a result, some 60,000 Israelis from northern communities have lived since then as internally displaced persons in government-funded accommodations across the country. Thousands more temporarily evacuated but have since begun to return home.

Opposition politicians have called on Netanyahu to declare that the northern residents will be back in their homes by September 1 for the start of the school year – war cabinet minister Benny Gantz said yesterday it was one of his key demands if he is to remain in the government.

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