The National Planning Committee has given the go-ahead for the creation of a new chareidi community, in the Negev, calling it Kasif, which is planned to be home for 10,000 units. The community will be built in the Tel Arad area of the Negev.
The planning committee officials believe that in addition to meeting the needs of the chareidi community, the establishment of Kasif will significantly contribute to strengthening the capital of the Negev, Beersheva, as well as delivering a powerful blow to change the alarming demographics in the area. Both the Negev and the Galil remain priority projects under the current administration, with the national government infusing funds and implementing support projects which enjoy significant grants and subsidies.
Minister of Housing (Shas) Ariel Atias explained that at present, there is a shortage of 100,000 housing units for the chareidi community and this will at least serve to reduce this number.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)