(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

A special Disengagement Authority committee today (Wednesday, June 1, 2005), approved NIS 135,000 standing loans per family for 12 families from Ganim and Kadim, who are moving to Gan-Ner in the Gilboa Regional Council area and to Afula.

Settlers who move to national priority areas in the Galilee and the Negev are eligible to receive these standing loans in accordance with the Evacuation Compensation Law.  The loans become grants after five years in the new areas.

The special committee has the legal authority to approve special payments, beyond the letter of the law, in those cases in which the eligibility conditions for receiving them have not been fulfilled, to approve moving communities, to increase compensation payments to businesses, etc.

The Disengagement Authority wishes to emphasize that the above is not a sweeping decision and that each family request will be considered on its merits.

Disengagement Authority Director Yonatan Basi chairs the special committee, which also includes Justice Ministry, Finance Ministry, and public representatives.