Yair Lapid 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The housing cabinet led by Finance Minister Yair Lapid approved a new set of
criteria for public housing on Monday, scaling back many provisions that
primarily aided the ultra-Orthodox community.
“We’re keeping our promises
and fixing distortions that have been present for years,” Lapid said. “The
distortions created advantages for those who did not serve in the army and those
who don’t work.”
The cabinet canceled a provision that gave benefits to
couples based on years of marriage, which had been helpful to the haredi
couples, who tend to get married earlier on than the general
Housing advantages for large families were scaled back to
match those of families with just three children.
Further, only those
families that work full-time under existing housing definitions are to be
eligible for long term leases or reduced purchasing prices.
criteria for affordable housing put the working man in the center, but, at the
same time, do not harm the haredi public or minorities, and encourage them to
enter the labor force in a gradual and appropriate way,” said Housing Minister
The cabinet also decided to put public purchase law into
effect on August 1, which would allow long-term residents of public housing to
purchase their apartments at subsidized prices.
Water and Energy Minister
Silvan Shalom, who carries the portfolio for developing the Negev and Galilee,
urged the cabinet to approve additional steps to help the periphery at its
upcoming July 23 meeting. Those steps include increased subsidies, setting
objectives for marketing new apartments in the periphery, and building more
rental housing in those areas.