Is Bibi Really Good for Chareidim?


During elections, the right-wing and the chareidim announced their total support for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s reelection campaign. The question now remains is if Mr. Netanyahu is really good for the chareidim?

According to reports, the IDF Civil Administration on Monday, October 7, 2019, is expected to approve the construction of thousands of new homes throughout areas of Yehuda and Shomron, but not a single new apartment is being built in a chareidi community.

The High Planning Council in the Civil Administration is expected to approve the thousands of new housing units throughout areas of Yehuda and Shomron. To the dismay of the chareidim, not a single unit is planned in a chareidi community despite the fact the chareidim comprise 40% of the population of Yehuda and Shomron.

In Betar Illit for example, City Hall awaits approval of 1,300 apartments. The approval for these apartments has been push off over and over, and in this round of issuing permits, it appears the Betar units will be passed over once again.

Betar Illit Mayor Meir Rubinstein: “These plans have been awaiting Civil Administration approval and we await this approval from those responsible… There is simply no reason to justify not approving these units at this time”.

Rubinstein has turned to chareidi MKs, asking them to become involved immediately, as the housing units are clearly being overlooked over and over again. He adds the uncertain political realities compel the approval of the apartments immediately, and not to push them off to a later date, as Betar Illit is the largest chareidi city and the housing situation is a dire one.

Rubinstein expects the chareidi elected officials in Knesset to bring the matter to the immediate attention of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

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(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)