The Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage held its annual conference yesterday (Monday) to mark Government Resolution 3790 to reduce social and economic disparities in East Jerusalem. The government’s decision, led by the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage and in collaboration with the Jerusalem Municipality and other government ministries, includes a five-year plan for the years 2018-2023 for the east of the city, with a budget of NIS 2.1 billion.
Four years after the government’s decision, the Minister of Construction, Jerusalem and Heritage Zeev Elkin announced today during the conference that the government will advance another five-year plan for East Jerusalem next year, which will be implemented between 2023-2028 in order to double its budget to NIS 4 billion.
The convening of the Standing Committee for the Implementation of Government Resolution 3970 to reduce social and economic disparities in East Jerusalem, as part of the Pentateuch for East Jerusalem budget of NIS 2.1 billion led by the Jerusalem and Heritage Ministry, was attended by Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon and dozens of government ministers. Jerusalem and Heritage, Ministries of Health, Education, Welfare, Justice, and more. At the conference, the progress of all the projects that have been promoted over the past few years was presented to the directors of government ministries and members of the Public Relations Administration, which consists of East Jerusalem residents.
Among the programme’s achievements in recent years are: a 34% increase among students studying the Israeli curriculum and approaching Israeli matriculation in schools, along with a transportation connection between East Jerusalem and West Jerusalem with an investment of hundreds of millions of shekels including increasing the frequency of public transportation lines, paving 10 km Of roads and the implementation of the use of multi-line tickets. In addition, NIS 37 million was invested in the development of parks, sports facilities and playgrounds, in addition to promoting the construction of four employment and commercial complexes in the east of the city.
The Minister of Housing, Construction, Jerusalem and Heritage, Zeev Elkin: “The transfer of the government’s decision to reduce gaps in East Jerusalem was complex and required a great deal of effort on my part. I believe that the role of the Jerusalem and Heritage Ministry is also to produce change in the Arab neighborhoods of the city, to change their face. The municipality cannot be held responsible for decades of neglect. Anyone who talks about the unity of Jerusalem can not remove responsibility from the people there. For me, education is the most important thing for their future and integration. In my opinion, the goal is not to have a state-funded state school in East Jerusalem that does not have an Israeli curriculum. We must do this not as a security interest, but because they are residents of Jerusalem. The next five-year plan is already being prepared. We will draw conclusions and set new goals. I believe that the budget of the program should be doubled – to NIS 4 billion in the next five years. “
The mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Leon: “The east of the city is an integral part of Jerusalem. According to the policy implemented since I took office, the Jerusalem Municipality is committed to and consistently invests in the east of the city on a wide range of issues, such as culture, education, cleanliness, sports, welfare and community, including a strategic process of implementing master plans for planning The city so that we can build for the residents public buildings for their use. “Our ongoing activities are carried out with the cooperation of the public and community leaders and we will continue to work together with all parties in the country to provide residents with service and attention to continue to develop and nurture East Jerusalem, which has not happened in decades.”
The Director General of the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, Netanel Isaac: Implementing Government Resolution 3790, to reduce social and economic disparities in East Jerusalem, has led to the creation of a unique and precedent-setting mechanism for public participation in East Jerusalem residents, and recruiting local leaders in each neighborhood. . By creating trust between the establishment and the residents, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, the municipality and all government ministries that are partners in the government’s decision, succeed in creating hope for the residents. A person who has hope has where to aspire and dream. Of course, this is higher education, and quality employment. We also see the results in the development of infrastructure and the assimilation of the Hebrew language and the transition to the Israeli curriculum in educational institutions, in the establishment of employment and commercial centers and in many other areas. We have a lot of work to do, but the trend is positive and encouraging. Reducing economic and social disparities in East Jerusalem is a local and national goal. “
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