PM Netanyahu Meets with Southern Local Council Heads
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, yesterday evening (Wednesday, 27 November
2012), at his Jerusalem residence, met with local council heads from the
south of the country and told them: "The IDF acted with strength, and as
soon as the operation's goals were achieved – we ended it. We will continue
to closely monitor the situation to see to it that the quiet is maintained.
If it is violated, the IDF is ready to respond strongly. I salute the
residents of the south. Their resilience enabled us to achieve the goals
that we set."
Be'er Sheva Mayor Rubik Danilovich, at the start of the meeting, said, "This
operation has a prominent achievement – Israel's strong home front."
Prime Minister's Office Director-General Hare Locker, who was appointed by
Prime Minister Netanyahu to head the Government team on ensuring that the
needs of the residents and communities that were affected by Operation
Pillar of Defense are dealt with quickly
, said that in addition to the immediate response by the tax authorities
regarding compensation for direct damages, the Knesset Finance Committee
yesterday approved directives on compensation for indirect damages (loss of
work days and compensation for businesses). Moreover, a preliminary NIS 15
million aid package has been approved for local authorities to cover
expenses stemming from the security situation.
The following local council heads attended the meeting: Abu-Basma Regional
Council Chairman Rahamim Yona, Ofakim Mayor Zvika Greengold, Ashdod Mayor
Yehiel Lasri, Ashkelon Mayor Benny Vaknin, Be'er Tuvia Regional Council
Chairman Dror Shor, Be'er Sheva Mayor Rubik Danilovich, Bnei Ayish Mayor
Mark Bassin, Bnei Shimon Regional Council Chairman Sigal Moran, Gan Yavne
Mayor Dror Aharon, Hevel Yavneh Regional Council Chairman Eliezer Benfeld,
Hof Ashkelon Regional Council Chairman Yair Firjean, Lachish Regional
Council Chairman Danny Morviya, Nahal Sorek Regional Council Chairman Eli
Escosido, Omer Mayor Pini Badash, Rahat Mayor Fayez Abu Dahiban, Ramat
Hanegev Regional Council Chairman Shmulik Lipman, Sderot Mayor David
Buskila, Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council Chairman Alon Shuster and Rishon
Lezion Mayor Dov Tzur.