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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.
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
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.