News Brief 4/5/2012, Nisan 13, 5772
Netanyahu: Don't Blame Yeshiva Community or Arabs
Prime Minister Benyamin Netenayahu defended his actions to alleviate concerns brought about by the social protests. He broke down the concerns voiced by the demonstrations into child care, housing and cost of living. He highlighted the new law offering free public child care to children over the age ofthree.
He also noted the approval of 15 thousand new housing starts and his plan to remove bureaucratic hurdles in freeing up State owned land for building permits.
Netanyahu also argued against blaming the yeshiva community and the Arabic speaking population for social woes. "The addition of 15 thousand housing starts is not only for the Hareidi community," he stated. "Everyone will be getting."
"We have invested two billion in the Arab sector," the Prime Minister stated, retorting that he is unlikely to get votes from that demographic, but seeks to make changes across the board. "There are those who will criticize me no matter what I do," he added.