The High Court of Justice has given the government and the Israel Lands Authority 90 days to explain the current eligibility criteria for housing cost reduction benefits, in response to petitions that claim the criteria unfairly favor the haredi community.
Last summer, following popular protests over high housing costs and other economic hardships, the government commissioned a committee, led by economist Manuel Trajtenburg, to submit recommendations to improve social conditions. Among the committee’s recommendations were a series of benefits to lower housing costs and taxes, and raise government subsidies for housing costs. The recommendations applied primarily to young home buyers and renters who have served in the military. However, the government approved an altered set of criteria that significantly increased benefits for ultra-Orthodox home buyers and renters.
If the High Court is not satisfied with the response of the government and the Israel Lands Authority, it could cancel the current criteria.