Israelis Seek Solutions after War

Ad Feedback - ASHKELON, Israel - Extensive damage to infrastructure, along with loss of business before, during and after the Gaza op, prompted the Knesset Lobby for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses to meet with community leaders, owners of small businesses and other industry.

Participants met in Ashkelon on Sunday and immediately rejected a proposal submitted by Finance Minister Roni Bar-On (Kadima), calling it a "PR exercise."

"After an in-depth examination of the needs of business owners facing collapse, we have created a practical plan that will be submitted to the finance minister in a week," MK (member of Knesset ) Stas Meseznikov (Yisrael Beiteinu) said.

"The current [finance] ministry's plan is completely cut off from reality and is irrelevant to 95 percent of businesses that require real and immediate assistance," he said.

Meanwhile, municipalities in cities that have been under rocket attack looked at bringing children back to a normal school schedule.

On Tuesday, 11th and 12th grade high school students in Ashkelon returned to class, but Mayor Benny Vaknin opted to see if the cease-fire holds before returning the rest of the children to their schools.

"The mayor would like to receive a clearer picture on the nature of the cease-fire and how closely it is being adhered to," a statement from the Ashkelon municipality read.

Most other cities across the south sent students back to school on Tuesday. Colleges and universities also resumed normal classes.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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