Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and several ministers are discussing the possibility of giving the city of Kiryat Shmona preference when it comes to budgetary matters.
The prime minister met last week with the minister met last week with the ministers of finance; construction and housing; labor and social affairs; tourism; commerce and industry; education; and immigration absorption.
In the past, Rabin has said the northern Israeli community of Kiryat Shmona should have financial preference over other communities because its residents are subject to shelling and Katyusha rocket attacks.
Despite past statements, Kiryat Shmona residents have long complained that the government has overlooked their needs. Recently, the city held a daylong strike to protest the government’s failure to live up to promises of additional support.
Rabin met last week with Kiryat Shmona mayor Prosper Azran, which resulted in an agreement that each ministry would do its utmost to promote projects in the city.