A Degel HaTorah board meeting in Jerusalem focused on the
housing crisis in the chareidi sector and ways to
significantly alleviate the strain on young couples trying to
purchase an apartment.
Board member Eliyohu Weinman opened the meeting, thanking the
MKs in attendance for coming and praising their wide-ranging
efforts for the sake of the chareidi sector in the process of
approving the state budget. Speaking for the board, he also
offered congratulations to Rabbi Menachem Carmel, who was
appointed deputy secretary of the faction and chairman of the
Weinman said the number of committee members should be
increased, drawing on the Jerusalem branch in particular,
since its members have a wealth of experience in the area of
The Degel HaTorah Housing Committee has set a goal of
initiating and implementing housing solutions around the
country, particularly for young couples, and toward that end
has scheduled a detailed meeting with the board in Jerusalem
in order to closely examine the various needs and ways to
implement them quickly and efficiently.
Rabbi Carmel reported on the composition of the committee,
which includes members with vast experience in housing, as
well as members who represent the needs of the public in
different population groups around the country. He spoke
about the current housing situation, mentioning the recent
economic fluctuations and their impact on housing.
He also described the Housing Ministry's and the Land
Administration's handling of tenders, un-freezing of land and
infrastructures development in several locations throughout
Eretz Yisroel, and surveyed a number of master plans around
the country, especially in Jerusalem.