The special cabinet formed for the strengthening of Haifa and the north has unanimously approved a detailed plan to strengthen the north, brought by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
The plan was prepared by a steering committee headed by Director General of the Prime Minster’s Office Raanan Dinur and the four task forces that were appointed for the task, headed by Directors General of four Cabinet Ministries: the Deputy PM, the Treasury, the Health and the Interior Ministries. The plan’s budget will reach NIS 4 billion, of which NIS 1.5 billion will come from external sources such as donations from the world Jewish community.
Prime Minister Olmert said during the meeting that “for many years people have spoken about strengthening the north. This time, the government is allocating the money and is creating an unprecedented opportunity. Of course the plan will ultimately be examined through the results on the ground. Not everything can change overnight, and this is a long and arduous process, but the resources the government is giving will allow the tools for this change.”
Deputy Prime Minister Peres said that “implementation of the plan will contribute to the economic and social strength of the Galilee, will bring back citizens’ trust, and will assist the relocation of good and strong people from the center of Israel to the Galilee.