Shas Threatens to Quit Coalition Over Housing Shortage


eli-yishaiShas chairman Minister of Interior Eli Yishai today threatened on “Voice of Israel Radio” that the party would quit the government if it did not approve a plan for addressing the housing shortage by increasing the supply of homes.

Yishai said, “I look young couples in the eye and say, ‘If I and the Ministry of Housing and Construction submit a range of measures to the government which are not passed by the cabinet and the Knesset, I see no point in continuing to sit in this government, which is incapable of providing a solution for the next generation.”

In a few weeks, Yishai and his Shas colleague Minister of Housing and Construction Ariel Atias will submit a series of measures to the cabinet aimed at solving the housing shortage. Measures include a three-month fast-track approval process for contractors who promise to set aside a certain proportion of apartments for poor young couples, fast-track approval for plans to retrofit buildings against earthquakes under National Outline Plan 38, and the possibility of transferring building percentages between projects.
Yishai said that these proposals were stuck and that Shas would not hesitate to force a coalition crisis unless the cabinet approved them.

{Globes/ Newscenter}


  1. Let the whole government go. Between Lieberman’s right-wing grandstanding and Netanyahu’s refusal to deal with economic and political reality, it’s past its usefulness.

    For a start, quit funding the right-wing settlements whose rabbis advocate such patriotic things as IDF soldiers refusing to obey orders, and using civilians as shields.

    Bring the money back inside the Green Line and use it to fund housing, health care and jobs for mainstream and chareidi Israelis, including poor young couples. Let the ideologues get their funding from the US, where most of them came from in the first place.

  2. Oh, and also use the money to fund development of the Galil and the Negev, both of which could have great futures. And the population balance in the Galil is tipping in favor of Arabs, not Jews, so there’s a demographic problem brewing.

    On the other hand, moving to the Galil or the Negev doesn’t get any points for being in-your-face defiant of the world, and doesn’t let you feel superior to mere mainstream Israelis. It’s just all hard work, no glamour from international political attention.