August 11, 2011
Israeli plan set to provide more affordable housing
The Israel Lands Administration Council has approved a plan to offer more affordable housing to some Israelis.
The plan, which comes after four weeks of protests throughout Israel calling for affordable housing, would provide discounts to developers building more affordable housing units. It also would give precedence to those who served in the army or national service, which would hurt the haredi Orthodox and Arab sectors, according to reports.
In the past, preference for less expensive housing was given to families with more than three children, which disproportionately helped the haredim.
The plan also calls for building student housing.