Housing Minister Uri Ariel announced, Monday morning, that he is approving the building of 50 new dwelling units for senior citizens. Noting that it has been a decade since the last approval for people in their golden years, Ariel told residents of a sheltered building in Jerusalem, including a number of Holocaust survivors, that he intends to examine the approval of additional units for the senior market.
During a Holocaust Remembrance Day observance in the building, the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) lawmaker said, "Alongside our duty to ensure cheaper housing for young couples, we must not forget the aging public. It is our moral and Jewish obligation to take care of them. We will deal agressively with violence against the elderly. We won't have a future if we do not remember our past and who labored hard for our right to exist here in the country. The Holocaust proved that there is only one place for Jews - here in the land of Israel."