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Knesset passes housing reform law in final reading

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The central bill in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s housing reform passed in its third (final) reading on Wednesday 57-47, after a three-day marathon discussion in the Knesset.
Opposition MKs presented their reservations about the National Housing Committees Bill for hours on Monday and Tuesday, and on Wednesday, chairman of the joint Knesset Economics and Interior Committee on the bill Carmel Shama-Hachohen (Likud) and Construction and Housing Minister Ariel Atias defended the government’s plan.
Atias compared the current construction planning process to a traffic jam.
"People wait in line for five years, because plans are backed up," he explained, adding that the new bill will drastically shorten the planning process.
The housing minister also addressed the complaints that the bill does not provide enough "accessible housing."
"The real problem is that there is no legal definition for ‘accessible housing’ – who deserves it, how much money would that person make," Atias explained. "We would have to pass a separate bill for that."
Shama-Hachohen spoke out against those who said Netanyahu and his housing bill are help real estate tycoons get richer.
He scolded opposition MKs for spreading "senseless hatred, which caused the destruction of the [second] temple on the ninth of Av 2,000 years ago."
"Anyone who saw this bill, or even skimmed it, knows that only the government, municipalities and the Israel Lands Authority can submit plans to National Housing Committees," he pointed out.
The National Housing Committees Bill is one of the central components of Netanyahu’s housing-reform plan. The bill is meant to circumvent usual construction- planning bureaucracy in order to build new homes.
The bill would allow for the temporary formation of six national-housing committees, which would work to accelerate the process of approving building projects in the next year and a half.
There will be one committee in every region in Israel, which will be responsible for providing all of the authorizations necessary to begin construction only for projects with over 200 homes, built mostly on state land and include “accessible housing.”
Earlier Wednesday, prior to the vote, tent protest leaders threatened to intensify their efforts if the Housing Committees Bill passes second and third readings in the Knesset and becomes law, Army Radio reported.
The tent protest movement considers the bill to be detrimental to the cause of affordable housing for the Israeli public.

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