Massive development plan for northern Israel under way

KKL-JNF, the Israeli Finance Ministry, and the Prime Minister's Office embark on a multi-million dollar plan for the socio-economic advancement of Israel’s northern region.

By KKL-JNF
August 22, 2018 13:44
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Massive development plan for northern Israel under way

Representatives of KKL-JNF, the Finance Ministry, the PMO and the colleges in northern Israel hold a 124 million shekel cheque for the development of student dorms. (photo credit: MICHAEL HURI - KKL-JNF)

 
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The Finance Ministry, the Prime Minister’s Office, and KKL-JNF presented on Monday, August 20, a list of finalized projects to be carried out as part of the development plan for the north, which the Israeli government had announced in 2017. The plan is part of the policy of the finance minister and the prime minister to provide budgeting for socio-economic development in Israel’s northern region. 

The program, which features a list of projects for the development of the north, was launched on Monday in the presence of Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, Finance Ministry Director-General Shai Babad, Prime Minister’s Bureau Acting Chief of Staff Yoav Horowitz, and KKL-JNF World Chairman Daniel Atar.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said at the ceremony: “The program to strengthen the north is one of the most significant acts that we have carried out in order to narrow gaps between the periphery and the center. There were some who doubted our ability to put the program into practice. Today, we are taking a significant step, together with KKL-JNF, by investing hundreds of millions of shekels in strengthening the north and the area’s infrastructure. Those who live in the north should receive health and education infrastructure, as well as high-level employment options, like everywhere else in the country. The security of the State of Israel is directly linked to the social and economic prosperity of the entire northern region.”

The projects to be carried out include budgeting tens of millions of shekels for a variety of fields of development in Israel’s north, as part of the government’s policy to strengthen the region socially and economically.  KKL-JNF has invested NIS 310 million in projects as part of its work to strengthen residential communities and reduce socio-economic disparities between the center and the north.

Among the projects that have been approved are the establishment of dormitories for students at Tel Hai College, Ohalo College, Western Galilee College, Safed Academic College, and ORT Braude College of Engineering, at a sum of approximately NIS 124 million. Approximately 1,036 new beds will be added to the dormitories as part of this budget. In addition to improving the conditions of the students’ dormitories, Kinneret College and Safed Academic College will be renovated at a cost of approximately NIS 26 million.

In the field of science, laboratories of prominent research centers in the north, including the MIGAL Galilee Research Institute and the Shamir Research Institute, will be renovated and upgraded at a cost of approximately NIS 30 million.

In the field of health, the hospitals in the north, including the Ziv Medical Center in Safed, the Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Tiberias (formerly known as the Poriya Medical Center), and the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya will be renovated at a total cost of approximately NIS 50 million.

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