(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met yesterday afternoon (Sunday), 17 October 2004, with the Evacuation-Compensation Committee chaired by Justice Ministry Director-General Aharon Abramovitz.

Following the publication of a memorandum on the draft compensation law last month, many comments were received from the public regarding the memorandum. Moreover, many settlers applied to the Disengagement Authority, chaired by Yonatan Basi, and asked that certain articles in the draft law be amended. In the wake of the foregoing, Prime Minister Sharon directed the Cabinet to discuss the issue.

As per Prime Minister Sharon’s demand, it was decided at the discussion that several articles in the draft law would be updated in order to ease conditions for the evacuating settlers, placing special emphasis on those who evacuate voluntarily by the determined date.

The amended articles include:

  • Special grants will be conditioned on settlers’ lengths of residence;
  • Bonuses for settlers who relocate to the Negev or the Galilee will be increased by 50%.
  • Compensation for settlers who are currently in public housing will be increased.
  • Settlers will be allowed to buy lots without having to participate in public tenders.

Prime Minister Sharon also directed that financial grants for farmers who are interested in establishing new agricultural enterprises, be significantly increased.