Lieberman dismisses utility of Trajtenberg c'tee

Foreign minister says government must come up with solutions, not committees; "You can't just run a country with committees."

August 18, 2011 12:43
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman [file]

Foreign Minsiter Avigdor Lieberman 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Uriel Sinai)


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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberban launched an attacked Thursday against the government-appointed so-called Trajtenberg Committee, a group of experts led by Professor Manuel Trajtenberg and tasked with formulating solutions for the current housing crisis, saying it was up to the government itself to come up with solutions, Channel 10 news reported.

Speaking to Channel 10, Lieberman lamented that the the government decided to meet social-movement protesters demands by tasking a committee to come up with solutions, saying "You can't just run a country with committees."

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The foreign minister's criticism of the Trajtenberg committee is nothing new, on Sunday calling it "bloating" and saying there was no need for such "forums" which "talk to themselves and take too much time."

Lieberman released his own plan for solving the problems, which he sent to Israel Beiteinu MKs on Sunday. He intends to demand the implementation of his suggestions.

The nine steps Lieberman is demanding include giving soldiers the average salary in the work force for three months before they end their service, subsidizing child care for working mothers with children aged three months to three years, allocating land to contractors who reserve 15 percent of apartments for affordable housing, building infrastructure in Negev and Galilee farming villages, and building 1000 public housing units for poor people every year for three years.

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