Israel to invest NIS 110 million to upgrade infrastructures and encourage visits to Kotel

January 17, 2022 by TPS
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Israel’s government approved on Sunday a new five-year plan to upgrade infrastructures and encourage visits to the Kotel, Western Wall, at an investment of NIS 110 million.

Aussies at the Kotel

The plan was presented by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, and its budgetary framework will be allocated by the Prime Minister’s Office, as well as the Defense, Finance, Education, Interior, Transportation, Tourism, Public Security, Culture and Sports, Aliyah and Integration, and Innovation, Science and Technology ministries.

“As a holy site for the Jewish people and as among the most prominent historical and archaeological sites in the world,” the Western Wall is visited by millions of visitors and tourists from around the world annually. Between 2015-2020, the number of visitors to the Western Wall grew from 10 to 12 million.

The goals of the plan include developing new educational plans, advancing and upgrading transportation infrastructures and services, and formulating new ways to make the Western Wall accessible through new technological platforms.

Bennett stated that Kotel is “one of the Jewish people’s holiest and most important sites. Millions of visitors from around the world visit it on an ongoing basis.”

The plan will “continue upgrading urgent infrastructures at the site and assist in encouraging masses of additional visitors,” he added.


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