Cabinet: Gaza Iron Dome System, Reinforcement For Sderot Homes
Israel News Agency Staff
Jerusalem ----- February 24, 2008 ....... The following was
communicated by the Israel Prime Minister's Office and the Israel
Government Press Office to the Israel News Agency.
the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem today the Israel Cabinet
discussed the issue of relations between the Government, civilian
society and the business sector in contributing towards the
attainment of public goals. See http://tinyurl.com/3dkdou and
http://tinyurl.com/222s32 for further details, including
inter alia the complete text of the Cabinet's decision,
the policy statement and a PowerPoint presentation.
Israel Cabinet discussed draft amendments to the 2007 Israel
Cabinet approved a plan to reinforce residential units, via
the construction of 9 sq. meter protected spaces, in a range
of up to 4.5 kilometers from the fence around the Gaza Strip.
This range was set in light of the need to protect the forward
line that is exposed to fire and given the planned capability
of the Iron Dome system, which is due to be operational and
in place during 2010.
Cabinet approved a NIS 327 million budget for implementing the
first stage of the plan in Sderot, Nir Am, Gabim, Erez, Ibim,
Zikim, Netiv Ha'asara, Nahal Oz, Kerem Shalom, Kisufim, Mefalsim
and Kramiya. The Construction and Israel Housing Ministry will
have overall responsibility for the plan, which is to be completed
during the first quarter of 2009.
are approximately 8,000 residential units within 4.5 kilometers
of the fence around the Gaza Strip that currently lack protected
spaces and which were built prior to 1992, when legislation
requiring their construction in all new housing units came into
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made the following remarks: "This
overall investment of NIS 327 million will, by 2010, enable
us to give a worthy response within a multi-layered system for
protecting the residents of Sderot and other communities adjacent
to the Gaza Strip. There is absolutely no intention to reinforce
every residential unit and every structure and there is no extreme
reinforcement, as I have said over time, there cannot be. On
the other hand, there will be a combination of several systems,
with the Iron Dome system first and foremost. It will provide
a response to a significant portion of the actual threat posed
by rockets with various ranges against the residents
of the region. There will also be early-warning systems and
the reinforcing of new public structures and schools."
continued: "I would like to remind everyone and
this will be detailed today that we are building 14 new
schools there, alongside the schools that will be reinforced.
Every school in Sderot, Israel and in the area adjacent to the
Gaza Strip will be a third-generation school, of a quality and
sophistication unparalleled anywhere in the country. This is
an investment of hundreds of millions of shekels, which joins
other investments that have been made, which approaches NIS
1.5 billion in order to strengthen the area and ensure both
security and quality of life. In addition, of course, there
is the daily war in the south, which claims a price of the terrorists
that attack us."
concluded: "In recent days, we have witnessed and very
impressive and encouraging display of the nation's solidarity
with the residents of Sderot. None of these displays is a substitute
for the other things that need to be done. We must establish
a multi-layered defensive system. We must complete Iron Dome.
We must continue to fight terrorism in the south. We must reinforce
we need to reinforce, the minimum that I think we have decided
on. It is both correct and important to give expression to displays
of solidarity. Thousands of people who have visited Sderot in
recent days have, without doubt, given a better and stronger
sense to the residents of Sderot, that they are not alone and
that the Israel people are with them."
Cabinet directed Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak to
via IDF Home Front Command transfer NIS 2.2 million from
the civilian emergency expenditure budget for reinforcing structures
at Sapir College. This is in addition to the NIS 1.8 million
approved by the Defense Ministry in November 2006 and the NIS
18 million decided on by Prime Minister Olmert and Israel Education
Minister Yuli Tamir.
Cabinet discussed the issue of permits for Turkish workers in
the construction sector.