United Torah Judaism representatives met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu early this week at his Knesset office to discuss a solution to the housing crisis. The government has been promoting its plans to push thousands of new housing units through an accelerated approval process.
Also on hand at the meeting — which was arranged weeks ago and postponed several times — were Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Construction and Housing Minister Ariel Attias, Prime Minister's Office Director Eyal Gabbai and Office Chief Natan Eshel.
UTJ party members MK Rabbi Yaakov Litzman, deputy health minister; MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni, Finance Committee chairman; MK Rabbi Uri Maklev, deputy chairman of the Knesset and chairman of the Public Petitions Committee; MK Rabbi Menachem Eliezer Mozes, deputy education minister; MK Rabbi Yisrael Eichler, chairman of UTJ; Rabbi Menachem Carmel and Rabbi Meir Porush related the dimensions of the housing crunch and proposed ways to end it.
Following an earnest, exhaustive discussion it was decided that the Finance Minister and the Housing Minister would present the Prime Minister and UTJ with their respective proposals on the issue next week.