Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz instructed his office on Tuesday
to prepare a plan to absorb 500 ultra-Orthodox and Arab Israelis who will
perform civil service in the ministry.
The positions to be assigned to
the civil servants include working in the marine and coastal division,
overseeing pesticide activity and a wide range of other responsibilities that
will help them integrate into society, according to the ministry. Peretz is a
member of the Ministerial Committee for Equal Sharing of the
“This step will help the environment,” said Peretz, “and also
give those who serve the chance to find a rewarding job that will benefit local
In addition to establishing the new service unit, Peretz
said that he would allocate NIS 40 million to treating waste in the country’s
weakest areas, in which residents still burn waste because they do not have
“I will not accept the fact that there are
neighborhoods in Israel that look like the third world,” Peretz said. “I intend
to invest a great effort in both the haredi and Arab populations.
be confused, even those who live in north Tel Aviv are influenced by what
happens in Bnei Brak. Environment has no boundaries.”
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