The Israeli government confirmed in September that a new city has been created in the framework of the regional council of Merhanti in the Western Negev desert of Israel.
New communities are being built in partnership with Merhavim, whose name will be named "Daniels"; Israeli Ministry of Construction and Housing; and ALEH, an Israeli care network for children with severe complex disabilities. The target completion date is within the next two years.
The ALEH currently uses four residential facilities to provide more than 750 Israeli vulnerable children with high levels of medical and rehabilitation care.
The name "Daniel" was selected in memory of four-year-old Daniel Tragerman, who was killed in 2014, just two days before the Israeli Defense Forces "Operation Protective Edge" against Hamas. Daniel's mother Gila is the spokeswoman for the Merchant Regional Council.
Construction kit Only west of Ofakima and next to ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran – the Southern Rehabilitation Village of Danieli will integrate the people with severe complex disabilities as part of the overall fabric and provide housing for those medical staff who find work at the ALEH's new Neuro-Orthopedic Rehabilitation Hospital, which The goal is to open the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran University campus in early 2019.
Former Knesset member Avi Wortzman, Director General of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, explained the concept of the new JNS city.
"The idea was to create a new community near ALEH Negev so that families with children with special needs could get near treatment. At the same time, it will be an ideal housing option for medical staff and therapists who work at ALEH," he says.
Wortzman believes that over five years, about 1,000 people will find work at Aleh Negev, including a rehabilitation village and a new hospital. He recommends another 1,000 volunteers who work in an organization and in various projects.
Israel is already in the midst of a severe housing crisis, and ALEH sees this new community, which will include 500 units, when it comes to completing it as a solution to this burden.
But most importantly, Wortzman notes that the new city will offer "a high standard of living and functionality that can be applied and accessible to people with disabilities."
He adds that the community will be an integration model that the rest of the country can use as an example. "I see it as an utopia in which children with disabilities and others will be able to live together and cooperate with each other," he says.
According to Wortzman, "in recent years, the Israelis have achieved a much better deal when it comes to the inclusion of people with disabilities – regardless of whether they accept in their communities or to create opportunities for wheelchairs – [and handicapped-] available, but we still have a long way to go. "
He is proud of the current project. The ALEH, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, co-operates with the Ministry of Education for 13,000 ninth-grade students called "Worldwide Reconciliation", where children learn from a curriculum that teaches them how to accept other disabilities. It is balanced by volunteering at the ALEH premises.
"The future of the Negev building"
The leader of the Merchant Regional Council, Shay Hayaie, sees the construction of Daniela in Negev for outstanding Zionist work.
"This city is just amazing. This is the main principle of Zionism," he tells JNS, adding that "this new, unique city can help so many people."
He adds that naming the city "Daniel" after his official son's son, the project has so much meaning: "This is a great privilege to be a part."
Wortzman, who lives in the city of Beersheba, known as the "Negev's capital," notes that he rejected the opportunity to serve the Knesset during his second term in order to remain under the leadership of the ALEH's Southern Branch. "A significant MK is important, but it is very satisfying when working on a daily basis and knowing that I can improve people's lives. Now with the construction of the hospital and the construction of the new Daniela it is [even more of] The honor to become part of the future construction of Negev. "
According to the Ministry of Construction and Housing, there is already a high demand for living in Daniel, as it attracts many people, including ALEH-related families and healthcare providers, as well as young couples from the region who are looking for a new community and the Career IDF soldiers serving in this area. .
"The creation of new cities in the south will create more people from the center of Israel, strengthening the economy and increasing the security of the common space," said Yoav Gallant, Minister of Construction and Housing.
"And in cooperation with the ALEH, not only will we create jobs and influence the bottom line," he said, "but emphasizing social aspects, for example, for the care of people with special needs and special needs."