Cabinet Approves Series of Decisions to Strengthen Jerusalem and Prepare for the 50th Anniversary of its Unification
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Video is in Hebrew but at least you get the feel for this special meeting at the Israel Museum.
The Cabinet, today (Tuesday, 19 May 2015), at a special meeting at theIsrael Museum in honor of Jerusalem Day, approved a series of decisions the goal of which is to strengthen the city of Jerusalem and prepare for the 50th anniversary of its unification:
* A plan will be formulated on the economic development of Jerusalem in 2016-2020 focusing on growth engines to strengthen the city. It will be budgeted starting in 2016.
* In order to prepare for the 50th anniversary of the unification of the city, the Cabinet established a preparatory team (in the framework of a ministerial committee) for events to be held in 2017. The team will formulate and approve a plan to celebrate the 50th anniversary that will include various events in the fields of education, tourism, culture and sports, with emphasis on the 2017 Maccabiah games.
* A five-year, 2016-2020, plan will be formulated on upgrading infrastructures and encouraging visits to the Western Wall plaza including continued development of the Western Wall plaza and tunnels, the preservation of archaeological finds, upgrading transportation infrastructure, and expanded educational activity for students and soldiers. The full plan will be submitted for Cabinet approval within two weeks.
The Cabinet also decided to allocate structures in Jerusalem for cultural and recreational use.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:
“We are working on great momentum in many areas and in many cultural institutions, and in the highway to Jerusalem. Everyone sees this. You see this as you travel here, and not just to Jerusalem, to around it, in its accessibility and in the railway that we are laying through the hills. This is the development that we are advancing in the heart of Jerusalem, in its neighborhoods, including those on its outskirts, and there is still much to do. I am certain that we will hear from you. I would like to congratulate you on this important effort and also tell you that we will persist on this, with all government ministers.
We will make several important decisions today about the development of Jerusalem just as we always do on its festive day, on the day of its liberation. We do not wish to go backwards and those speak with nostalgia about those days apparently do not live here. We will not go back to a divided city, a torn city, a city with barbed wire fences and snipers on the walls. This will not happen and we will see to it that it does not happen. This is not to say that there are no problems or tasks – there are many, there is also distress. We want to provide solutions and we will continue to develop it at the same pace that we see around us.”