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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
As Kassam rockets continued to rain down on Sderot Monday, Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai requested the government provide businesses in the region with a compensation package above and beyond that which was offered to affected business owners in the North during last summer's Second Lebanon War.
"The businesses in the Sderot region are on the verge of collapse and their operations have almost been completely halted as many workers are afraid to report to work," Yishai said in his pitch to the government.
Under the war compensation law created on July 31, 2006, during the war in Lebanon, factory owners can choose from one of two forms of compensation packages to help cover costs - one that is based on employee wages or one that is based on the company's monthly income.
The second option presented to manufacturers last summer was one based solely on income in which smaller companies were reimbursed up to 75 percent of their monthly income, with this number decreasing dependent upon the amount a company earned over the course of an average month.
Yishai proposed that not only should business owners be repaid for damages stemming from both direct and indirect harm caused by the attacks over the last few weeks, but he also requested additional compensation for the untold damage and unstable security situation that he said has been a reality in Sderot over the last few years due to the hundreds of Kassam attacks.
"In order for employees to get paid, this compensation package needs to be approved," Yishai stressed.
Meanwhile, a poll conducted by the Manufacturers Association of Israel, indicated that 23% of employers in the country said that if they were faced with a situation similar to the one in Sderot, they would withhold at least a portion of their employees wages should they not report for work, while 25% responded that they would completely withhold wages should employees not show up.