Ultra-Orthodox Critics: Haredi Officials 'Provoked' Seculars Over New Israeli City

Sources say Haredi committee's 'premature' attempts to secure homes in northern city of Harish, near Wadi Ara, stalled construction.

Ultra-Orthodox sources last week blasted Haredi officials who had submitted bids for tenders for lots in the planned new city of Harish. These bids were made by the Haredi Housing Committee, a conglomerate of several nonprofit ultra-Orthodox organizations, which had banded together in order to fix housing prices in the new city.