The Minister of Construction and Housing, Ariel Atias of Shas, agreed Wednesday with communist (Hadash) MK Dov Henin that funds that belong to public housing were inappropriately transferred to the Jewish Agency.
Henin presented a parliamentary question in which he claimed that funds raised by sale of public housing units were transferred to the Jewish Agency. This, he noted, contradicted a government decision to reinvest funds from public housing in building new public housing units.
In his reply, Minister Atias announced that 5% of all housing units to be built from now on by his ministry or by the Israel Lands Authority would be allocated to public housing. He called the transfer of public housing funds to the Jewish Agency "a scandal."
Shas Chairman Eli Yishai has promised to submit a bill that will make it easier for low income Israelis to be eligible for public housing.