Israel’s Cabinet approves $2.5 million for country’s south

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Cabinet approved a plan to assist residents of the country’s south following the recent conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

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The Cabinet on Sunday approved some $2.5 million to support the weakest populations, including the elderly and immigrants. This aid comes on top of existing social services budgets for the area, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

A committee to study the needs of Israel’s south was appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately after Operation Pillar of Defense.

“In the south, it is quiet – but we have loose ends to deal with on the home front, with additional grants that we will give to people and communities. By all accounts, the home front was dealt with very successfully in the last operation,” Netanyahu said at the weekly Cabinet meeting.

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