Eight years after the Gaza Strip pullout, former residents of Gush Katif are set to get tens of thousands of shekels each in additional compensation from the government.
The Housing and Construction Ministry, Finance Ministry and State Attorney's Office recently signed an agreement that will give between 30,000 shekels ($8,500) and 90,000 shekels ($25,700) to each of about 500 families whose houses' values were re-appraised. The decision was a result of a compromise arrived at in the Supreme Court.
"We have righted another wrong," Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel said. A committee representing former Gush Katif residents released a statement saying that some of the evacuated families were still not eligible for any compensation.
Since the unilateral pullout from the Gaza Strip in 2005, the state has failed to care for many of the displaced families -- something which was documented extensively by a state investigative committee in 2010.