Defense Ministry report raises possibility of home discounts to serving Haredi soldiers

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April 17, 2016 18:30
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A report composed by an inter-ministerial team has suggested that the government examine the possibility of offering discount prices on homes for members of the Haredi public who served in the security forces. 
 
The report, first publicized on Sunday by Ynet, was written under the guidance of outgoing Defense Ministry Director-General Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Dan Harel, and was presented to Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon.
 
Defense sources confirmed to The Jerusalem Post that the report raised the idea of home discounts, but stressed that this appeared in the report as a proposal only at this stage. 
 
According to the Ynet report, the report's authors called on the director-generals of of the Housing, Justice, and Finance Ministries, as well as the Israel Lands Authority, to look at the option of drawing up criteria that would enable a "significant reduction" in the purchase of apartments, or to give priority in land purchases to Haredi member of the public who completed their IDF or national service. 
 
If implemented, the reform would occur in neighborhoods set aside for the Haredi public, according to the report. 

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