Gov't approves housing reform

Bill moves on to Knesset; minister Erdan only one to vote against reform.

March 14, 2010 13:44
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu reassures. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)


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 The government approved on Sunday the reform in the Housing and Construction Law, spearheaded by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The reformed bill will now be voted in the Knesset plenum, after the High Court of Justice rejected an appeal by environmental organizations late last week.

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In the cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said the reform would be “a prime opportunity to bring about growth. There is demand on the part of the public on one side, and bureaucratic entanglement by the state on the other. Our triangle of growth is the reforms in transportation, the Israel Lands’ Authority and the housing and construction reform.”

Netanyahu said the government invested a lot of energy in the reforms and doesn’t want to be “stuck in the current situation but move forward.”

Environment Protection Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) was the only government minister who opposed the reform. He said the reform puts the interest of development vastly ahead of the need to preserve open spaces. Erdan protested the fact that various planning committees were manned by representatives with an interest in development and construction but no representatives of environmental groups.

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