PM signs covenant to preserve National Heritage sites

There are over 150 initiatives in the plan to renovate national heritage sites; as of now, 9 have been approved for preservation.

July 5, 2011 02:50
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday signed the Covenant to Preserve Heritage Sites. There are over 150 initiatives in the plan to renovate national heritage sites. As of now, nine sites have been approved for preservation at a cost of NIS 12.5 million in government financing and NIS 20 million from other sources.

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The nine sites include: the Senor Courtyard in Tiberias at a cost of NIS 1.3 million; the Tzemach Railway Station near the Sea of Galilee at a cost of NIS 5 million; the Kinneret Courtyard at a cost of NIS 1.1 million; the Hannah Senesh House at Kibbutz Sdot-Yam for NIS 3.25 million; the Metzudat Koach Memorial in the Upper Galilee for NIS 6 million; the Shai Agnon House in Jerusalem for NIS 5 million; the cabin of former president Yitzhak Ben Tzvi in Jerusalem for a cost of NIS 2 million; the reconstructed battlefield at Yad Mordechai for NIS 6 million; and the first agriculture school in Israel known as Mikveh Yisrael for NIS 1.8 million.

Netanyahu said that preserving sites that have not been properly maintained is a national and international value, and added that means were now available to preserve them.

“The sites that have been preserved are attracting parents and children and are linking them to the Land, Jewish heritage and Zionism,” he said.

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