Olmert: War damage a 'distant memory'

Cabinet expected to allocate NIS 135m. to fortify Gaza periphery schools.

April 1, 2007 10:51
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Anyone who visits northern Israel over Pessah will find that the events of the Second Lebanon War have become a "distant memory," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday at the weekly cabinet meeting. The government approved unanimously the Defense Ministry's plan to move all IDF teaching bases from Tzrifin in Israel's central region to the South. Funding for the move would come from the sale of Tzrifin's evacuated bases. Defense Minister Amir Peretz has called the move an important step towards reviving the IDF and cultivating the Negev. As the cabinet was meeting, several dozen student environmental activists protested outside the Prime Minister's Office, demanding that the cabinet refuse to authorize the move until pollution could be cleared from the Ramat Hovav area in the Negev. The activists claimed that the pollutants presented a danger to anyone stationed in the area. Also on the cabinet's agenda was an allocation of NIS 135 million to fortify schools in Gaza periphery communities. Israel Radio reported that the government was expected to approve the sum. Olmert said that the government would discuss further fortification for other Gaza periphery buildings.

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