(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday signed the Covenant to Preserve
Heritage Sites. There are over 150 initiatives in the plan to renovate national
heritage sites. As of now, nine sites have been approved for preservation at a
cost of NIS 12.5 million in government financing and NIS 20 million from other
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The nine sites include: the Senor Courtyard in Tiberias at a
cost of NIS 1.3 million; the Tzemach Railway Station near the Sea of Galilee at
a cost of NIS 5 million; the Kinneret Courtyard at a cost of NIS 1.1 million;
the Hannah Senesh House at Kibbutz Sdot-Yam for NIS 3.25 million; the Metzudat
Koach Memorial in the Upper Galilee for NIS 6 million; the Shai Agnon House in
Jerusalem for NIS 5 million; the cabin of former president Yitzhak Ben Tzvi in
Jerusalem for a cost of NIS 2 million; the reconstructed battlefield at Yad
Mordechai for NIS 6 million; and the first agriculture school in Israel known as
Mikveh Yisrael for NIS 1.8 million.
Netanyahu said that preserving sites
that have not been properly maintained is a national and international value,
and added that means were now available to preserve them.
“The sites that
have been preserved are attracting parents and children and are linking them to
the Land, Jewish heritage and Zionism,” he said.