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      Netanyahu Rebuffs Critics on Housing, Milk

      Prime Minister cites land and housing reforms, says no one has done more to ease housing shortage.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 7/21/2011, 8:54 PM

      Netanyahu (file)
      Netanyahu (file)
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      Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday rebuffed criticism of the government’s handling of the housing shortage in Israel.

       
      “The distress is real, and I embrace the protesters,” Netanyahu told his Cabinet. No one does more than I do in this matter – starting with the reforms and the canceling of the limitations on construction in central Israel, through the National Housing Committees Law and the Israel Lands Authority Law, including incentives for living in the periphery and converting office apartments into residential ones.” 
       
      The Cabinet held a special session on the dairy market and the high prices of milk products.
       
      Netanyahu noted a series of failures along the dairy market chain that connects farmers to consumers. It was decided to make a final decision net week, that would include solutions to several elements that combine to cause the rise in prices.