We have a great debt to the kibbutz institution. We will submit for Cabinet approval, a series of decisions in order to strengthen the kibbutzim, encourage agricultural and rural settlement, strengthen infrastructures and encourage tourism
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
The Cabinet today (Sunday), 17.10.210, for the first time, held a festive meeting at Kibbutz Degania [Aleph] in order to mark the 100th anniversary of the kibbutz movement. The meeting was held in the Pioneer’s Yard.
Before the meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Kinneret Cemetery, where the poet Rachel Bluwstein, Naomi Shemer and many other notable personalities are buried. The Prime Minister was briefed on who is buried there and wrote in the visitor’s book next to Rachel Bluwstein’s tomb: "To the cemetery on the shores of the Kinneret, upon the restoration of the site and the revival of national interest in its Zionist heritage and her poetry. Benjamin Netanyahu."
Prime Minister Netanyahu visited the site on the occasion of the Cabinet decision to renovate it, enable easy access and encourage visitors. At the beginning of the meeting, he said that, "This is not my first visit here. I was here exactly ten years ago. I visited the petting zoo at Kibbutz Degania and met with the young children. Afterwards, we went to the cemetery and read some of Rachel’s poems, opposite the Golan Heights. I gained the impression then that the place spoke to the entire Jewish People, but that it is very hard to reach. I thought that one of the first things that we would do, should I be prime minister again, would be to upgrade this site along with many other heritage sites. And here we are doing just that. We will indeed create infrastructures that will enable every child in Israel to visit this magical place on the shores of the Kinneret and to be inspired by it. We will also implement similar upgrades at other sites, including those within the various kibbutzim. The battlefield at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai and the museum dedicated to Hannah Senesh at Sdot Yam must be renovated; likewise the home of A.D. Gordon here at Degania, the bunker at Kfar Etzion, site of the heroic battle, and many other sites inside and outside kibbutzim."
The Prime Minister added that, " The story of the kibbutzim is a glorious account in the annals of the state: Rural settlement, security and both creative and practical endeavors. The people of the kibbutzim were rooted in the land. They worked the soil at dawn and stood in its defense after dusk. Therefore, we have a great debt to this institution and today, we will submit for Cabinet approval, a series of decisions in order to strengthen the kibbutzim, encourage agricultural and rural settlement, strengthen infrastructures and encourage tourism."
The NIS 22 million Heritage Plan includes the following: Renovation of the Kinneret Cemetery, restoration of the War of Independence battlefield at Yad Mordechai, digitization of the Kibbutz Movement archives, upgrading and development of the Kfar Etzion visitors center, renovation of A.D. Gordon’s house at Degania [Aleph], renovation of the Hannah Senesh museum at Sdot Yam, renovation of the coins and metals museum at kibbutz Tzeelim and redeveloping and renovating the Museum of Pioneer Settlement at kibbutz Yifat.
The Cabinet also approved a series of decisions designed to advance agriculture and rural settlement, strengthen heritage infrastructure, develop scenic and nature sites and encourage tourism:
* Develop and strengthen agriculture in the periphery – The Government will promote the absorption of new residents in the periphery.
* Renovate infrastructure in rural communities – The Government will allocate approximately NIS 1 billion over the next decade in order to renovate infrastructure in older rural communities.
* Build and manage a wholesale market in the Greater Tel Aviv metropolitan area – A Government company will be established to plan and build a new wholesale market at Mesubin junction.
* Committee to examine land policy for the management of agricultural land – A Government-public committee will be established in order to recommend to the Prime Minister a comprehensive policy on the management of agricultural land;
* The appointment of a ministerial committee, to be chaired by the Prime Minister, on the development of rural communities.