Israel approves five-year plan to rebuild Gaza border region


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Kibbutz Be'eri near the Gaza Strip, Jan. 3, 2024.

(JNS) - The Israeli Cabinet on Wednesday unanimously approved a five-year strategic plan to rebuild, develop and strengthen the western Negev communities devastated during Hamas's Oct. 7 terrorist invasion.

The 19-billion-shekel ($5 billion) program, which will be carried out by the recently created Tekuma ("Revival") Authority, will see investment in housing, infrastructure, education, employment opportunities, medical services and more, the Prime Minister's Office said.

"The Hamas terrorists wanted to uproot us-we will uproot them while deepening our roots. We will build the Land of Israel a...

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