(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

The Committee approved the agreement on recycling and evacuating the demolished structures in the Gaza Strip. The agreement – between the Government and the UN – was approved today in light of the Government’s decision to demolish residential and other structures in the Israeli communities in the Gaza Strip, and as per the Quartet’s proposal to assist Israel and the Palestinians in evacuating the waste. The goals of the agreement are to assure the removal of the waste and the restoration of the area to a useable state in a manner that jibes with environmental principles on the one hand and to free Israel of the responsibility for dealing with the structures via a building demolition waste plan in which the recyclable materials are given to the Palestinian Authority for re-use and the non-recyclable materials are ground up and stored in a third country.

SELA Disengagement Authority Director Yonatan Basi told the Committee that construction work at Yad Binyamin has been completed and that approximately 1,600 people are being absorbed there. In the framework of the implementation of the Disengagement Plan the following were constructed at Yad Binyamin: Four kindergartens, two daycare centers, two synagogues, a club, a community center, eight school classrooms and offices for services to residents. Approximately 250 families from Ganei Tal, Neveh Dekalim, Gedid, Gan Or, Atzmona, Tel Katifa and Netzarim have arrived at Yad Binyamin. Basi said: “Up until recently, the community of Yad Binyamin was considered to be in distress and today it is really flourishing.”

Construction and Housing Ministry Director-General Shmuel Abuav told the committee that while the group of flats in the Eyal Towers in Ashkelon is ready to absorb residents from Kfar Darom, the latter have still yet to make a decision. He emphasized that this lack of a decision is delaying these families’ departures from the hotels to the apartment building in Ashkelon, despite the fact that the group’s leadership has previously stated its interest in this solution.

The Committee approved the establishment of a temporary residential site at kibbutz Ein Tzurim, which is expected to absorb approximately 85 families from the evacuated communities of Netzer Hazani, Neveh Dekalim and Gedid.