Ammunition Hill heritage site to remain open (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Danny Adeno Abebe Published: 02.21.12, 18:13)
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Last minute agreement facilitates allocation of NIS 2 million for
historic battleground´s maintenance
A prominent heritage site commemorating fallen IDF soldiers is to
remain open, Yedioth Ahrnoth reported Tuesday, after an unexpected
turnaround in negotiations for the memorial´s fate has dealt it the
budget necessary to keep it solvent.
After a drawn out battle with a growing budget deficit, Ammunition
Hill´s management announced on Monday that the site venerating troops
killed during the Six Day War is to be shut down. The employees were
already handed their dismissal notices, and dozens of war veterans
and concerned citizens arrived at the historic battleground one last
time to remove the tremendous Israeli flag raised above the hill.
But a solution came through at the last moment; Ammunition Hill´s
management and a team consisting of Defense Ministry and the Treasury
officials, headed by Government Secretary Zvi Hauser, reached an
agreement that calls for the allocation of NIS 2 million ($535,500)
for the site´s maintenance. NIS 400,000 ($170,700) are to be doled
out immediately, and the remaining sum is to be transferred by the
end of the year.
Legacy of heroism
The team also decided to promote a bill that would facilitate the
site´s maintenance and development in the long run.
"The IDF troops´ legacy of heroism will go on," Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu said. "Ammunition Hill will remain open so that
the citizens of Israel can continue and visit the land where the
heroic tale of the Six Day War took place."
The chairman of the site´s managing foundation, Menachem Landau,
said: "We are happy and proud to fly the flag at full-mast again… The
prime minister´s personal intervention has saved a great pain from
the citizens of Israel, combat soldiers and bereaved families."
Ammunition Hill is one of the Israeli hisotry´s most renowned
symbols. Twenty-one paratroopers died during the fight over the hill,
a battle that paved the way for the liberation of Jerusalem.
Itamar Eichner contributed to the report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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