JERUSALEM (Jan. 16)
The first Galilee moshav since the State’s establishment will house some 350 families in the Galilee’s Segev area, Likud MK Pessach Grupper announced here. The proposed village of Gilon, one of seven villages slated to be built by the farmers’ federation is expected to be established along lines which markedly differ those guiding existing moshavim.
Firstly, most of its members will not work in agriculture instead, most will commute to work outside the village, in either the Israel Arms Development Authority (Rafael) or other surrounding enterprises. The moshav will also differ from other villages by virtue of its size. While other villages usually limit their population to 50 to 70 families, Gilon is expected to house five times that number.
Grupper noted that the Knesset Finance Committee has pledged some IL 50 million for developing Gilon’s infrastructure, adding that construction plans have already been approved by the interior Ministry’s regional committee. No target date for the village’s completion has yet been announced.
Grupper has been involved in the project for nearly two years. It was also reported that former Finance Minister Simcha Ehrlich has also been actively advocating government support of the seven proposed moshavim.