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Housing Minister: I'm not trying to lower housing costs anymore

Housing Minister Yoav Galant and Kulanu party are changing goals from reducing cost of housing to providing apartments to young couples.Matt Wanderman, 4/5/2016, 8:45 AM

'Housing Czar' Kahlon Gets Ready to Take On Home Prices

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon unveiled the first segment of his plan to lower housing costs in Israel.Moshe Cohen, 6/10/2015, 8:35 PM

Kahlon's Real Estate Tax a 'Declaration of War,' Says Expert

Anyone who is expecting home prices to fall with Moshe Kahlon as Finance Minister will be sorely disappointed, claims industry expert.Yaakov Levi, 5/7/2015, 9:22 AM

Exclusive: Deal Reached for Expansion in Judea and Samaria

Arutz Sheva has learned that settlement figure Ze'ev Haver has come to a quiet understanding with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon.Yaakov Levi, 4/29/2015, 6:14 PM

Greens Seek to Stymie New Jerusalem Suburb

Environmental groups filed petitions against construction of a new city, to be located in the hills between Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem.Moshe Cohen, 4/16/2015, 1:38 PM

Court: Absentee Property Law Kosher, But Avoid If Possible

The Absentee Property Law applies in Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem, the High Court ruled - but it should be used only when necessary.Moshe Cohen, 4/15/2015, 10:31 PM

Netanyahu, Lapid Snipe At Each Other Over Housing Costs

State Comptroller to release report assigning responsibility to both men – as well as to Ehud Olmert – for rise in real estate values.Moshe Cohen, 2/22/2015, 5:37 PM

New Comptroller Report to Slam Netanyahu on Housing Problems

A new report being prepared by Comptroller Yosef Shapira on housing could be a big problem for the Prime Minister.Moshe Cohen, 2/19/2015, 9:47 PM

Israeli Home Sales Break 13 Year Record

The period between October and December 2014 was the most active on the Israel real estate scene since 2002, statistics said.Moshe Cohen, 2/19/2015, 2:42 AM

Jewish Home, Yesh Atid Snipe Over Housing Sales

Housing Minister Uri Ariel said that some 50,000 housing units came on the market in 2014 - an all-time record.Moshe Cohen, 1/4/2015, 5:46 PM

Housing Ministry Unveils New Plan for Cheaper Housing

The Housing Ministry announced a new plan in which the state would be the guarantor for construction of apartments.Yaakov Levi, 1/1/2015, 1:15 AM

Leshem: Samaria's Best-Kept Housing Secret

Beyond the negative headlines of conflict, a beautiful new community is budding in Samaria.Moran Shirazi, 12/31/2014, 10:48 AM

More 0% VAT Fence-Sitting Evidence: Mortgages Down in September

Evidence is mounting that Israeli homebuyers are sitting on the fence, waiting for the passage of Yair Lapid's zero-VAT initiative.Yaakov Levi, 10/12/2014, 3:32 PM

Obama 'Can't Buy Control of Israel With Military Aid'

MK Danon fires back at US criticism of Jerusalem building, after White House cites Iron Dome in spat with Netanyahu.Ari Yashar, 10/7/2014, 8:08 AM

Apartment Glut Develops as Israelis Wait for Zero VAT

As of June 30, there were 94,450 homes and apartments under construction in Israel; by August 31, 26,920 were still unsold.Moshe Cohen, 10/6/2014, 9:53 PM

Housing Minister: Reverse Mortgages Can Help Elderly Live Better

Uri Ariel hopes a new reverse mortgage program will help out elderly Israelis who are short on cash but own valuable apartments.Yaakov Levi, 10/2/2014, 9:51 AM

Sources: Uri Ariel, Naftali Bennett at Odds Over VAT Plan

Sources close to Uri Ariel said that he would support the plan to exempt home buyers from VAT payments only if it applied to all.Yaakov Levi, 3/24/2014, 9:08 PM

Target Price Program 'Guaranteed' to Bring Down Home Prices

Besides Yair Lapid's VAT discount, the government has another way to help make homes more affordable.Yaakov Levi, 3/24/2014, 6:24 PM

Cautious Celebrations As Housing VAT Cancelled for New Buyers

Cutting VAT on apartments is nice, but there are better ways that Yair Lapid can help the middle class, says one consumer group.Moshe Cohen, 3/20/2014, 3:02 PM

CEO: Lapid's 'Cost-Cutting' Plan Likely to Drive Up Home Prices

When government promises a 'discount,' it's time to watch your wallet, warns the CEO of a large Israeli construction companyYaakov Levi, 3/20/2014, 11:57 AM

Young Couples May Get VAT Break for First Home

Finance Minister will propose the tax break – that will cost the treasury about 2B shekels – on Monday.Gil Ronen, 3/18/2014, 9:13 AM

Report: Half of New Yorkers Can't Afford to Pay Their Rent

High housing costs, low vacancy rates, and falling incomes are conspiring to make housing unaffordable for many New YorkersDavid Lev, 3/16/2014, 8:42 PM

Jump in Settlement Building is an Illusion, Says Yesha Council

Yesha Council says statistics showing tremendous growth in Judea, Samaria is simply the result of a building freeze in the previous year.Tova Dvorin, 3/3/2014, 10:49 PM

Housing Crisis Continues: Prices Up by Another 8%

Housing prices rose 8% in 2013. Price hike follows doubling in price over seven previous years.Maayana Miskin, 2/2/2014, 4:18 PM

MKs Pledge Further Hareidi-Religious Zionist Cooperation

Housing Minister Uri Ariel and his predecessor, Eli Yishai, pledge continued cooperation over housing.Maayana Miskin, 11/27/2013, 2:44 PM

Housing Minister Reveals Emergency Cost-Lowering Plan

Housing Minister Uri Ariel commits to lowering prices by 2014, reveals ‘evict and build’ scheme.Maayana Miskin, 11/17/2013, 1:08 PM

1,700 New Homes for Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria

The Housing Ministry announces that it is offering land for the construction of 1,700 homes in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.David Lev, 11/3/2013, 4:05 PM

Ariel: Govt. Plans to Spend Billions on Rental Apartments

The government hopes to build 150,000 rental units for Israelis in the next decade, and will spend billions to do it.David Lev, 9/29/2013, 4:33 PM

Uri Ariel: Yesha Building Will Bring Housing Prices Down

There's an obvious solution to Israel's housing crisis, said Housing Minister Uri Ariel. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister disagreesDavid Lev, 7/10/2013, 5:44 PM

Lapid's Latest 'Edict': Less Housing Aid for Hareidi Families

Two key criteria that enabled hareidi families to receive aid from the government for the purchase of an apartment were eliminated MondayDavid Lev, 7/1/2013, 8:37 PM

Gov’t Won’t Repeat ‘Mistake to Announce a Construction Freeze’

Likud Deputy Minister Ofir Akunis says the government won't announce a construction freeze in Jerusalem, Judea or Samaria.Chana Ya'ar, 6/12/2013, 1:05 PM

Housing Prices Up 100% in Seven Years, Activists Blame Netanyahu

Activist blames the Prime Minister for skyrocketing price of housing. ‘Homeowners in huge debt, nothing left to live on.’Maayana Miskin, 6/4/2013, 6:37 PM

Ketzaleh: Lower Housing Prices Not An 'Impossible Dream'

To lower housing prices, said Ya'akov Katz (Ketzaleh), the government needs to remember housing crises of the past.David Lev, 5/5/2013, 9:57 PM

50 New Jerusalem Homes to Be Built for Holocaust Survivors

Israel's Housing Minister Uri Ariel on Tuesday announced that 50 new homes would be built in east Jerusalem to house Holocaust survivors. Arutz Sheva staff, 4/9/2013, 2:35 PM

New Jerusalem Neighborhood Perfect for Olim

Nofei Israel, building in the heart of Jerusalem, is perfect for anyone considering aliyah or searching for the perfect home in Jerusalem. , 1/11/2013, 5:52 AM

UN Chief Warns Israel: Housing Plans 'Dangerous Path'

UN calls on Israel to cancel Jewish housing plans; warns the move could be "an almost fatal blow" to peace hopes. Rachel Hirshfeld , 12/19/2012, 7:35 PM

2,610 Housing Units Approved for Jerusalem Neighborhood

Over 2,000 additional housing units have been approved for a southern Jerusalem neighborhood. More international ire expected.Chana Ya'ar, 12/19/2012, 1:46 PM

Abbas to Pursue Israel at Criminal Court Over Housing Plans

PA chairman Abbas said “Palestine” could pursue Israel at International Criminal Court if it pushes ahead with housing plans.Rachel Hirshfeld, 12/11/2012, 7:10 PM

EU 'Deeply Dismayed' by Israeli Housing Plans

The EU is "deeply dismayed" by Israeli housing plans, saying the move threatens peace efforts.Rachel Hirshfeld , 12/10/2012, 6:49 PM

Jerusalem Mayor: No City in World Regulated by US President

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat: “We need to connect the E1 area to Jerusalem without any reservations at all."Rachel Hirshfeld , 12/5/2012, 9:10 AM

Netanyahu Thanks Prague for 'Courageous' UN Support

PM arrived in the Czech Republic to thank Prague for its "courageous" support in the UN vote, despite PA success. Rachel Hirshfeld , 12/4/2012, 4:26 PM

US Calls on Israel to 'Reconsider' Housing Plans

The United States called on Israel Monday to "reconsider" a decision to allow 3,000 more Jewish homes in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Rachel Hirshfeld , 12/3/2012, 9:54 PM

Israel Won't Back Down on Housing, Despite Veiled Threats

France and Italy say they're not ready to "start thinking of sanctions" but prefer "persuasion." Israel is firm on plans to build in E1.Chana Ya'ar, 12/3/2012, 7:19 PM

No More Tax Funds from Israel to PA

Israel has decided to withhold taxes collected for the Palestinian Authority that were to be transferred later in the month.Chana Ya'ar, 12/2/2012, 12:03 PM

Next Step Approved in Jerusalem Homes for Police, IDF

Israel has taken the next step in building new homes for retired police and IDF troops in outlying areas of Jerusalem, Peace Now says.Chana Ya'ar, 10/29/2012, 7:47 PM

Israel to EU: Jerusalem Not Negotiable

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman bluntly drew Israel's red line for the EU in a radio interview, saying “Jerusalem is not a settlement.”Chana Ya'ar, 10/21/2012, 12:34 PM

PA: Netanyahu Planned 11,000 New Housing Units in Jerusalem

Palestinian Authority sources report the Netanyahu government planned more than 11,000 new housing units around Jerusalem last year.Chana Ya'ar, 10/17/2012, 1:48 PM

Residents: Cops' Rental Decision Puts Us in Danger

Residents of the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood in Jerusalem are up in arms over the rental of an apartment to an Arab family David Lev, 10/4/2012, 2:01 PM

Political No More: Buying in Judea and Samaria Goes Mainstream

Today, buying a home in Judea and Samaria is a matter of money, not ideologyDavid Lev, 9/10/2012, 8:41 PM

Housing Minister Launches New 'Hareidi Town'

Lots zoned for 5,000 apartments for hareidim will be marketed next week in the town of Harish, about an hour away from Tel Aviv.Rachel Hirshfeld , 8/27/2012, 6:03 PM

New Jerusalem Housing for American ‘Yeshivish’ Community

A new Jerusalem luxury housing project will be marketed to the “yeshivish” community in the United States., 6/1/2012, 10:40 AM

MK Matalon: I Did Not See the Protesters Go South

"Not even one busload of protesters went to the South," notes Yisrael Beitenu representative.Ernie Singer, 8/21/2011, 6:53 PM

Israel Clamps Down on Rising Property Tax - At Least for Now

In all but six communities, the Israeli government has clamped down on rising property taxes, at least until the end of this year.Chana Ya'ar, 8/17/2011, 1:55 PM

Netanyahu: Populism Sweeping Country

Housing protesters raise serious issues but their proposed solutions are much less serious, says Prime Minister. Knesset votes support 52:42Gil Ronen, 8/3/2011, 5:03 PM

Peres Calms Down Protesters

Israel’s new protest movement won a personal meeting Tuesday morning with President Peres, who praised them for their non-violence. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 8/2/2011, 10:02 AM

Major Labor Union Chairman Ofer Eini Joins Housing Protest

Histadrut Labor Union Head Ofer Eini says housing solutions are within reach. Is there a hidden agenda? David ben Yacov, 7/27/2011, 6:06 PM

Netanyahu's Housing Plan

At Tuesday morning's press conference, Prime Minister Netanyahu gave plans for immediate relief, blasting bureaucratic bottlenecks.Amiel Ungar, 7/26/2011, 4:28 PM