Attias lauds historic decisions on Israel Lands Authority

By MELANIE LIDMAN
August 10, 2011 12:00

 
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MK Ariel Attias (Shas) said that "historic decisions about the future of the Israel Lands Authority" were being made at the start of a meeting of the National Building and Planning Committee on Wednesday.

Attias announced that in line with the Housing Committees Bill passed earlier this month, land for student dorms will be given to contractors at no cost, and a 50 percent discount will be given on land designated for affordable housing apartments available to those meeting certain criteria.

Tenders for the affordable housing units will be awarded to contractors who promise to build apartments sold for the cheapest price per unit, rather than the contractor who makes the highest bid.

Attias added, "We are giving the Israel Lands Authority a green light to make significant changes, saying, "Our goal is not just to fold up tents."

Some 30 activists were demonstrating outside the committee meeting, chanting: "Minister Attias, this is your fault," and "[Netanyahu] wake up, the public is in the streets."

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