Netanyahu to ‘tent city’ protesters: Come to Jerusalem and help me pass real estate reforms
PM acknowledges Israel's housing problem, says demand for apartments does not meet supply due to 'outrageous bureaucracy.'
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed nationwide protests against rising home prices and housing shortages on Sunday by acknowledging the protesters' struggle, telling them to come to Jerusalem to help him pass real estate reforms.
The prime minister added that in such a small country, supply for apartments does not meet demands due to an “outrageous bureaucracy” that bogs down the market, and said that the government would tackle the issue.
Hundreds of people, most of them young, flocked to the newly-established ‘tent city’ at the northern end of Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard over the weekend to protest the rising cost of living.
The protest against high housing prices began last week in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is to expand this week to other venues around the country.
The National Students Union, which has joined the demonstrations, said tent encampments will also go up at Ben-Gurion University in Be'er Sheva, at Ruppin Academic Center, located near Netanya, as well as at Beit Berl College, near Kfar Saba, and at IDF Square in Kiryat Shmona.