(photo credit: Nisim Lev)
The cabinet approved plans on Sunday to build 5,000 residential units for needy
elderly citizens eligible for rent subsidies who are waiting for public
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Under the plan, various local councils will be able to build
sheltered housing for the elderly on land designated for public use.
construction financing will come from businesses that will be built in the area
Under the plan, the government will assist those eligible with
approximately NIS 1,200 in rental assistance per month, and the people
themselves will be asked to pay about NIS 200-300 a month.
Binyamin Netanyahu said the plan will provide a solution for one of the most
impoverished segments of the population.
The cabinet also approved a
special assistance package for new immigrants from Tunisia. According to a
government statement, the decision was made in light of a worsening of the
situation for the 1,500 Tunisian Jews, following the revolution
According to the plan, the immigrants – approximately 25 families
in the first stage – will receive special assistance worth NIS 15,000 per
family, for the 7th- 12th months following their immigration, and NIS 18,000 for
the 13th-24th months following their date of immigration. This is in addition to
the usual assistance provided to new immigrants.
Netanyahu said “there is
real distress among the Jews of Tunisia, many of whom would like to immigrate to
Israel. We will increase the absorption basket in order to allow them to do
“Israel is the state of the Jews. It worries about Jews wherever they
are. Those who are here and those who would like to come here.”
finally, the government formally approved the appointment of Yaakov Amidror as
the new head of the National Security Council, replacing Uzi Arad; and Gidi
Schmerling as head of the Prime Minister Office’s National Information
Directorate, replacing Nir Hefetz.