New regulations aim to improve compensation for Gaza border towns

Tourism operators, business owners, parents forced to be absent from work and beekeepers are those who will benefit from the improved compensation regulations proposed.

By
November 21, 2018 03:25
2 minute read.
Flames rise after a rocket attack in Sderot, near the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border

Flames rise after a rocket attack in Sderot, near the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border, November 12, 2018. (photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Residents and business owners in southern Israel affected by recent escalations of violence on the Gaza border stand to benefit from improved compensation measures, which were presented by the Tax Authority at the Knesset’s Finance Committee on Tuesday.

“We are part of a reality in which there are two days of hard fighting, and then a ceasefire, and then a return to routine,” said MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ), chair of the Finance Committee, ahead of the meeting. “But in reality, business owners, workers and residents suffer financial collapse, not just for two days but total collapse. We thank them for their strong stand against terror, but we must act and return to them what they have lost, so that they can make progress for all of us.”

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Tourism operators, business owners, parents forced to be absent from work and beekeepers are those who will benefit from the improved compensation regulations proposed.

The compensation will cover losses suffered between May and the end of the year as a result of the recent escalation, including ongoing arson attacks, and regular clashes on the Gaza border.

Under the new regulations, tourism-related businesses, including guest house owners – in all communities subject to Home Front Command orders – will be compensated based on a comparison of business revenues during the corresponding period of 2017.

Other business owners will be compensated according to salaries that they would have earned on days when they were forced to close.

An additional measure will provide wages to those parents forced to stay home from work, following the closure of schools by Home Front Command.


Gaza border communities are also home to many of Israel’s leading honey producers, including Kibbutz Yad Mordechai. All beekepers living within seven kilometers of the Gaza border will be compensated for direct damage, caused by burnt land, and indirect damage, such as large drops in honey yields.

“We are working at an advanced stage on the regulations relating from May until the end of the year,” said Miri Savyon, senior deputy director general of the Tax Authority.

“We will bring the new version in the coming days. It became evident as the situation deteriorated that it would be necessary to respond to indirect damages. Now a decision has been reached by the finance minister and the Tax Authority director-general to adapt the regulations to the current situation.”

While noting that the proposals reflected a significant improvement when compared to the existing regulations, Gafni was not satisfied by their reach.

“Why are half of the communities in the region outside the compensation map and every time have to fight for [their rights to be compensated] again? Will Hamas distinguish between adjacent communities next time?” said Gafni.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

December 19, 2018
Eight EU states warn Trump peace plan will fail unless based on 1967 lines

By TOVAH LAZAROFF