Israel is hoping to get $50 million in federal aid to help women who fled domestic violence and other human rights abuses during the country’s civil war, its defence minister said Thursday.
The $50-million package comes as Israel seeks to repair and rebuild after the conflict that ended in 2006.
The package will include $8 million in grants and $3 million in loans to local authorities and aid groups, including the Women’s Shelter, Israel’s largest shelter for women, said Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Israel is now looking at a new fund to help its women, Lieberman said in an interview with Channel 2 TV.
The money will come from a new international fund, Israel-US Peace, and is aimed at helping the country rebuild after its devastating war with Hamas in Gaza in 2014, Lieberman told Channel 2.
The deal is a huge deal for the country.
Women who escaped from violence, sexual violence, domestic abuse, forced marriage and forced prostitution are still trying to rebuild their lives, and their communities are struggling to cope with the crisis, said Lieberman, who is also the head of the centre-left Labor Party.
The country is also struggling with a massive shortage of domestic workers and other forms of domestic help, which have created a humanitarian crisis.
“The main issue is not the money itself, but how to use it.
The money is a big deal, and we have to use that money effectively,” Lieberman said.
Israel needs to do more to support the women who have fled, he said.
The funding comes at a time when Israel is facing a huge influx of foreign aid after years of stagnation.
Last year, the United States gave Israel $8.5 billion in aid, including $6.7 billion in military aid.
Canada also gave $6 billion to Israel, and the United Kingdom has provided $2.5 million in aid.
The United Nations has called on Israel to stop punishing the women, including forcibly marrying them, for fleeing the conflict.
Canada has also pledged $2 million in support for the United Nations Children’s Fund, the UN Children’s Emergency Fund and the Women, Peace and Security Program, a United Nations agency that supports women’s rights and women’s empowerment in Israel.
Canada is also giving the United Arab Emirates $1.9 million in humanitarian aid.