Gov’t OKs permits for 20,000 Chinese workers

The government on Sunday approved plans to permit roughly 20,000 Chinese guest workers to come to Israel and work in construction, a step it says will help speed up building and bring down the cost of housing.

"We are doing this in order to accelerate the construction of new apartments," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "In my view, this is a necessary and important step to lower housing prices. As with every step there are always side costs, but the overall considerations vis-à-vis the ability to build many apartments, thereby increasing supply, will in the end allow us to change price trends."


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