Analysis: A curse on all your (overpriced) houses

Former finance minister Yair Lapid dodged a political bullet Wednesday with the release of the State Comptroller’s Report on housing, which conveniently left out the bulk of his tenure in office, including his much-maligned Zero Value- Added Tax plan.

But if State Comptroller Joseph Shapira managed to show anything with his analysis of five years of half-hearted half-measures aimed at tackling the housing crisis, it was that there is a larger problem in Israel’s political system, which prevents it from tackling even the most important issues.

The consistent political instability, the inability to create and follow long-term plans and the bureaucratic disarray that stops multiple ministries from communicating and coordinating is as much to blame as the slew of politicians listed in the report.


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