Poker faces in the social housing game

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February 25, 2016 16:01

Though the whole affair seemed like a round of poker in which all the players were waiting to see who would show their hand first,

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Moshe Gafni

Moshe Gafni. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Once upon a time, somewhere in the 1950s and ’60s, the right to social housing was one of the pillars of the socioeconomic ethos of this country. Within that framework, a national social housing company was established called Amidar (Hebrew for “my people dwell”), with local companies working in several large cities. In Jerusalem it was called Prazot (based on a biblical verse in which there is a vision that someday Jerusalem would be expanded and fully inhabited).

The same standards held for all of them. They were owned in equal parts by the local council (the municipality) and the government (the Treasury).

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