Netanyahu sad Carmel 311.
(photo credit: Guy Assayag)
The cabinet on Sunday allocated NIS 60 million for local councils and
communities harmed by the Carmel blaze, as part of an initial plan to repair
property and help victims.
Eyal Gabai, director-general of the Prime
Minister's Office, was asked to supervise the work of all relevant ministries in
executing the plan and restoring normal life in the burned-out
This cabinet’s approval of the first phase of a larger financial
effort involves compensating local councils for damages, fire-fighting efforts,
clean-up operations and infrastructure repairs.
The money will also be
used to reimburse local councils for the costs of evacuating and absorbing
The full rehabilitation and compensation costs have
yet to be worked out.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that
additional budgets would be allocated and approved if necessary.
help the evacuees rebuild their homes and rehabilitate the infrastructures and
do so as quickly as possible,” Netanyahu told the cabinet, which had moved its
weekly meeting from Jerusalem to Tirat Carmel, south of Haifa, to show
solidarity with the victims of the blaze.
“I do not want delays. I do not
want bureaucracy. I want processes to be shortened.
I want quick
I want all of the people, within days, to be able to return to
their homes or to alternative housing, until the reconstruction work is
finished,” Netanyahu said.
He asked Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz to
submit, within four days, information on the damage and on insurance coverage.
Steinitz was also asked to come up with a plan, within eight days, for damages
that were not fully insured.
The cabinet asked the Government Housing
Administration to provide modular housing and public structures, in place of
those buildings that were burned.
Supplemental assistance will be given
to social welfare and social services networks in the damaged
Turning to the issue of the Carmel Nature Reserve, the cabinet
said that a plan was needed to restore animal and plant life, including camp
grounds and the Carmel Farm.
“Today, we will also launch the action that
will lead to a plan to rehabilitate the Carmel forests. On this issue, I would
like to thank the Environmental Protection Ministry, the Nature and Parks
Authority, and the Jewish National Fund. I know that you are doing much on this
matter, especially now,” the prime minister said.