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  5/13/2014, Iyar 13, 5774

MK Gafni Slams Discriminatory Tax Break for Home Buyers


Member of Knesset Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) criticized Finance Minister Ya'ir Lapid, Tuesday, for his proposal not to charge value-added sales tax on homes for first time buyers who served in the Israel Defense Forces. Addressing a news conference with other opposition lawmakers, Gafni noted that even when he was chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee, the Treasury always refused to change the tax, even when he asked it be lowered on life-saving drugs. He said the tax should be taken off such drugs and basic food items, among other things.

Warning of discrimination in the administering of health care, Gafni called Lapid's proposal a slippery slope, adding that it had no legal standing. Calling the proposal disgraceful, he said it would not lower housing prices and cause immense harm to the public.