The Supreme Court decided, Sunday evening, to delay the cancellation of tax breaks in five peripheral localities until February 2, 2014, barring a change in the law. The decision follows a half-year public struggle and an application to the court by the southeastern city of Arad.
More than 55,000 residents of Arad, Chatzor, Beit She'an and the Arava Tichonit (Central Arava) and Eilot-Area Regional Councils were scheduled to lose their tax breaks on May 22, when the Gaza-Envelope Law is scheduled to go into effect. Following the Arad application, the state promised to arrange a new peripheral-tax-break law. The court ordered state attorneys to provide a progress report in three months.