TEL AVIV (May. 12)
Kibbutz Hameuhad, the kibbutz movement of the Labor Party’s Achdut Avoda faction, has announced plans to establish five new settlements during the next two years, two of them in the Jordan Valley. It also announced plans to recruit 1000 youths who have completed their military service for membership in old and newly established kibbutzim.
The settlement program includes two sites in Central Galilee and one on the Negev plateau. The movement’s educational system will seek to absorb needy youths. The movement will also invest IL 80 million to expand kibbutz-based industries geared to production for export. That program will be discussed at the 20th annual convention of Kibbutz Hameuhad which opens at Kibbutz Shefayim next month.
Sources in the movement said there was a growing interest among veterans, young families and students to join the kibbutz framework. Last year, more than 1400 such persons joined the Kibbutz Hameuhad movement, including 400 new immigrants.