Minister of Construction and Housing.
"Public Housing Reform" (Photo: Government Press Office, Elad Zagman, Anba)
After the agreements formed between the Minister of Construction and Housing Yitzhak Goldknopf and the initiators of the bill on the purchase rights of public housing tenants, MK Naama Lazimi, MK Yanon Azoulai, MK Eliyahu Rabivo and MK Michael Biton - it was decided to remove the bill from the agenda for the purpose Preparation of a government bill, which will go up for first reading up to two weeks after the opening of the summer session.
"In the near future, I will present a reform to the public housing system that will include many aspects, among other things, alternatives and legislative amendments to the law on the sale of apartments in public housing are currently being examined," announced the Minister of Construction and Housing.
Following the discussions that took place, an agreement was reached between the representatives of the coalition that in the coming weeks they will examine alternatives to the public housing purchase rights law.
At the same time, these days the Ministry of Construction and Housing is working on a broad plan that will offer additional solutions to the eligible population.
The government's puzzling behavior
The conduct of the government and the Minister of Construction and Housing in particular regarding public housing is quite puzzling, since the public housing law, which operated by virtue of a temporary order for the past decade, which allowed Amidar residents to purchase their apartments at a discount, expired about a month ago, and the government, in an unclear move, decided not to extend it.
Because its validity has expired, new legislation is now required and therefore, about a month ago, MK Naama Lazimi submitted a new bill on the subject of purchasing public housing at a discount, although the debate on this bill was also postponed by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation. At the time, the MK responded Zimi was angry at the conduct of the government and said that if the minister had renewed the directive there would have been no need for legislation, since once a law has expired, it cannot be renewed.
"The willingness on the part of the minister to enter into negotiations on the law is encouraging, but it is important to remember that the validity of the law has already expired," MK Biton said from the stage of the Knesset. Decades, a real option to get out of the cycle of welfare and poverty."
MK Lazimi said now following the minister's decision to lead a reform on the issue that "this is a law that for me is a symbol and an example of the welfare state that should be here and of the social justice that this house should represent - a law that recognizes the basic right to be entitled to Roof. This law is the front of the war of those who are too transparent to see their cry. The renewal of the law is our opportunity to work together, coalition and opposition, for the most disadvantaged in society, a symbol of the fight for the residents of the neighborhoods and marginalized populations and the disconnection of multi-generational poverty in Israel. I will not let up until it is renewed and passed." .
MK Yanon Azoulai, "As a Shas movement which is a social movement that supports the weak, I welcome the decision to bring the public housing bill as a government proposal. This is a social law that supports everyone's basic right to a roof over their heads."
Naama to Zimi