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News Brief

  5/8/2012, Iyar 16, 5772

Lands Administration Transparency Bill Passes


The Knesset passed the second and third readings, Monday evening, of a bill to require that all decisions of the council and management of the Israel Lands Administration (ILA) be published on the Internet. Until now, the public has only had access to a small portion of the decisions deemed "of public interest". None of them were posted on the Internet.

Member of Knesset Dov Khenin (Hadash), the bill's sponsor, said that the current system does not allow public scrutiny of the decisions, even though they involved the allocation of critical resources. Referring to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's plans to streamline the ILA and privatize public lands that it overseas, Dr. Khenin added, "Transparency is essential to eradicate corruption and discrimination. The Knesset approved a conceptual alternative to the land policy of Netanyahu - instead of privatizing the Israel lands, we need transparency and democracy in their public management."