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Climate crisis, COVID-19, Arab community: Government lays out its policy goals

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The government released a plan Sunday evening laying out its priorities and goals in a wide range of policy areas, with climate change featuring prominently across the policy document.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told The Times of Israel that with the release of the 213-page document, entitled “The 36th Government: Policy Principles,” the premier hoped to focus particularly on climate change, Arab citizens, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Just as it is impossible to direct a ship without a compass, so too government ministers must define, for themselves and for the public, what goals they are aiming for, and the main areas toward which they will direct energy and resources,” wrote Bennett in his foreword to the document.

“Every citizen is a shareholder in the miracle called the State of Israel, and it is each person’s right and responsibility to know where it is heading,” continued Bennett.

The document is designed to improve the synchronization between elected officials and professional staff in government offices, and to guide the ministries as they get to work on their annual plan for 2022.

The Prime Minister’s Office directed the ministries to begin working on the project when the government took office in June, and every minister in the ideologically diverse coalition was responsible for his or her own section.

More detailed plans from each ministry will be published in the coming months.

Yamina chief Bennett and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid formed a government in June, ending Benjamin........

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