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Northern farmers: "We were incriminated, they tell us, 'We'll settle accounts after the war'" - Walla! money

2023-12-07T05:58:01.475Z

Highlights: Northern farmers: "We were incriminated, they tell us, 'We'll settle accounts after the war'" The state does not compensate them for the indirect damage caused to them, but tells them to wait until the end of the war. The farmers are forced to risk their lives and take care of the animals and crops under fire. "The fact that farmers have to put themselves at risk because they are not willing to compensate them is outrageous," says the president of the farmers' union.


The farmers cling to the farms under fire and take care of the animals in the face of vague compensation that will come in the future, those who continue to take care of the farm may suffer a deduction of 30%: "Scandal and chutzpah, authority officials


Video: The attack on Israel Sabagi's egg warehouse in Moshav Dubav/Israel Sabagi

Yoni Yaakobi is in despair. The deputy chief of Moshav Margaliot on the northern border, who raises chickens and deciduous orchards, says that the few residents who are still there are broken to pieces, people are going crazy. Since the state does not compensate them for the indirect damage caused to them, but tells them to wait until the end of the war and even then under conditions, the farmers are forced to risk their lives and take care of the animals and crops under fire.

"I was born and will die here in the moshav," Yaakobi told Radio North 104.5 FM. "We don't see the horizon, and when I hear what they're dealing with, such a committee and another administration, when you can't raise poultry, because the veterinary services don't allow it and you can't go to the orchards, because the army doesn't allow and you can't get compensation, because there's no track for me. So what am I going to do? What should I apply to the Tax Authority, for loss of income? There is current and future damage, and it is difficult to generalize it at the moment. It's indirect damage and property taxes will come only after the war and you have to make a living."

Chicken coop. "The world will turn upside down and I'll go into the coop. It's livestock, there are animals here"/Walla!, Ziv Reinstein

Israel Sabagi from the community of Dubav, whose chicken coop was hit by an anti-tank missile, when he came to collect the eggs on Saturday by a road, even though the military closed access to it. "Volunteers were supposed to come with me and they wouldn't let them through. I went up with a friend through the forests and reached the chicken coop. While collecting eggs, I feel an anti-tank missile entering the warehouse and coming out from behind, and unfortunately there is no protection. I went into the chicken coop and said, 'Shema Yisrael,' this is my last stop. They continued to range us four times and make a killing verification.

"The state doesn't give us any compensation. No one is willing to come near here. Not the veterinary services, not the doctors, not the chicken coop council, or the Ministry of Agriculture. They say, take a picture and send it to me, take a picture and send, as if I were a 'Photo Golan.' Let them come to the place and see and feel the experience I had on Saturday, that there wasn't much missing and I was dead in the chicken coop. What is it for a state to put its hand in its pocket, give a few million and save human life? They are not telling us to destroy the birds, but to continue to take care of them."

"The fact that farmers have to put themselves at risk because they are not willing to compensate them is outrageous," says Dubi Amitai, president of the farmers' union, who plans to raise this issue at a discussion in the Finance Committee on extending compensation to communities within 0-7 kilometers to November.

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The defense minister last night on the northern border. Military closes access to some farms/Ministry of Defense, Ariel Hermoni

According to Amitai, "The farmers are trying to minimize the damage and risking their lives, and the state is telling them, let's settle accounts after the war. There is no such thing. We want to build a rosy track for farmers in communities recognized as entitled to full compensation, without waiting for property taxes, similar to the green track for businesses. If you grow tomatoes and lettuce, you report the injury and that's it.

"What is happening now, because the farmers are minimizing the damage, with the encouragement of the state, whether through their work or with the help of volunteers, property taxes deduct 30% of their compensation, which is chutzpah. In the discussion that will take place in the Finance Committee, all Knesset members will be with me, headed by Gafni and Bittan. The Tax Authority will not abuse us. I hope the Finance Minister understands what I'm saying. Do not play games with us, do collect eggs and do not collect eggs. Compensate the farmers completely, so they won't have to risk their lives," Amitai says.

A real teddy bear. "Don't play games with us - yes they collected eggs or they didn't collect eggs"/Reuven Castro

Jacoby raises another argument that needs to be taken into account - animal cruelty. "The world will turn upside down and I'll go into the coop. It's livestock, there are animals there. I will take care of the chicken coop and we will market eggs and take care of Israel's food security."

But you are putting yourself at risk.
"The very fact that I've lived here for 50 years, I'm putting myself at risk. Anyone who does not know that where the furrow will pass, the boundary will be determined, has a problem of understanding. If he doesn't understand that when a farmer walks around there, we have a foothold on the land. I don't go into the grove because we're in a state of combat, and we have to get permission from the army. There is no such route that says if you don't go into the plantation you get money. At the end of the war, you will submit the injury to us and we will consider what to give you."

Submission advances?
"What is it for? So they can ask for them back, like they did during the coronavirus? I'll manage with what I don't have right now. Let's say I decided to enter the territories, I don't have Thais. Is there a welcome initiative of volunteers? Some volunteer will come to work at Margaliot. There are some who come to collect eggs, shall I tell them to go to the plantation? People put themselves before the state. What's the difference between me and a soldier in Gaza, who knows there's a good chance he won't come back? I call on the Minister of Finance, Agriculture, leave us alone, free us from the damage you have done to us for years."

The finance minister should help you.
"Help me? Don't bother me. Don't demand that I invest millions, and make me fly away. Don't help me, just don't disturb. What help? They do this and that. The money will go to 1,000 workers and we will be given pennies. My 85-year-old father leaves the hotel and returns to Margaliot. He wants to die in his own home. He was tired of everyone. It got all the way to the top."

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Source: walla

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