Israel HaYom reports:
Former Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Atias (Shas) personally intervened in appropriation decisions made by the Israel Land Authority to promote and prioritize issues that would benefit the ultra-Orthodox community, said the latest report by State Comptroller Yosef Shapira, released on Tuesday.
According to the report, Atias would weigh in on ILA decisions concerning specific projects, which was in breach of proper working practices between a minister and an authority subjected to his ministry.…
One of the examples brought by Shapira is the case of a building project in Lod, which was meant to bolster the city's population by attracting affluent residents, but was later earmarked as a construction project meant for the haredi community.
"My time as the housing and construction minister was very intense and entailed battling endless bureaucracy, which required me to involve myself in details and specific cases," MK Atias said in response.…
The report [also] found that 2,300 of the 63,000 apartments earmarked for public housing nationwide are not rented to those eligible for public housing, and in some cases are used -- rent-free -- by public institutions, local authorities, schools, government bureaus and even synagogues.…
The ILA says its protocols were changed in mid-2012, so the comptroller's criticism about using public housing units – during a massive affordable housing shortage, no less! – for synagogues, haredi schools (the majority of their "off-label" use) and for the private and public use of politicians is no longer valid.
Understand this for what it is really must be – Atias and his Shas Party took public housing units meant for Israel's poor and working class and used them as haredi synagogues, haredi schools and as perks for public officials Shas wanted to reward or bribe.
In a western democracy, this would lead to criminal charges and prison terms.
In Israel it is nothing more than a small news story with one or two day shelf life.