Housing plan OK’d for ex-Gaza families


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Cabinet approved a proposal to extend the eligibility of families evacuated from the Gaza Strip to live in temporary housing.

Sunday’s approval of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal covers families that were evacuated from the former Gush Katif settlements and northern West Bank in 2005.

"Even though four years have passed since the disengagement, over 90 percent of evacuees have yet to move into permanent housing," said Eyal Gabai, the director-general of the Prime Minister’s Office.

"The government has a moral obligation to complete the mission. Therefore, the prime minister has instructed me to work towards a systematic solution, as well as providing a response to concrete problems," he said.

In addition to the provision for extending the eligibility for temporary housing, the proposal includes a request for budgetary assistance for students in the coming academic year.

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