Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg.
(photo credit: Mark Neiman / GPO)
Amid criticism that tent-city protest leaders have not formulated demands for the
government to solve the social issues facing the country, a document produced by
the leadership shows a series of demands dealing with housing and
The eight-page document, which was first published in Haaretz on
Thursday, calls for the government to exercise legislative control over housing
prices in Israel, and to use tax penalties against home owners who charge higher
rent than the legislated limits.
It also calls for a freeze on government
privatization programs and the cancellation of the National Housing Committees
law, passed on the last day of the Knesset plenum in July, according to
Also in regard to housing, the document calls for attainable
housing legislation, and for the freeze on public-housing construction to be
lifted. Additionally, it calls for increased taxes on residential-property
owners who live outside the country, and property owners whose apartments are
left empty, Haaretz
The document also calls for the creation of
an income-tax bracket of 60 percent on those who make over one million shekels
per year, as well raising corporate taxes by 4%. It also calls for a 3%
reduction in the VAT.
Additionally, the document demands cuts in the
taxes on gasoline and for the inaction of a progressive-estate tax and gift
According to Haaretz
, the document has been ready for weeks, but
those who compiled it refused to publish it, preferring to wait until dialogue
with the government began. In the meantime, a copy was leaked to the newspaper
The students’ union said it had nothing to do with the
preparation of the document.
On Wednesday, members of the tent city
protest leadership in Tel Aviv held a press conference in which they called on
Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg – the head of a committee appointed by Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu to find solutions to the social issues facing the country –
to resign from the committee.
They also called for the Knesset to handle
the matter, saying that they have no confidence in the committee.