Housing Minister Uri Ariel toured Beitar Ilit with his senior staff * The MK planted a tree, visited the Urban Security Center, toured various building sites and the new mikvah and held a meeting with the mayor and senior municipal workers * Mayor Rabbi Meir Rubinstein said to the minister that hundreds of units are ready to be built and are just awaiting approval from the Knesset. The minister promised to take action and obtain the necessary approvals
Within the framework of the tours of Housing Minister Uri Ariel in various chareidi cities throughout the country, he attended an official tour in the city of Beitar Ilit. The purpose of his tours is to gain a better understanding of the needs of the chareidi population and to formulate a plan of action for the severe housing crisis within the sector. The minister, who was joined by several senior officials from the Housing Ministry, began his visit by planting a tree at the entrance to the city. During the ceremony, attended by Beitar Ilit Mayor Rabbi Meir Rubinstein and the city council administration, the Minister said: "We are planting a tree, which is likened to man, to symbolize the continuation of our forefathers' chain by settling the Holy Land".
After the ceremony, the entourage visited the new, state-of-the-art Urban Security Center, where the minister was greatly impressed by the high security standards. The minister and his staff were joined by Jerusalem District Director Mr. Moshe Merchavia and senior Beitar Ilit Municipality workers, among them Deputy Mayor Rabbi Shlomo Sharabi, Municipality Director Rabbi Yehuda Gerlitz and Treasurer Rabbi Yehoshua Pollack. Together, they toured Hill B, where lots of land are ready for construction and merely await government approval. The entourage then toured the new mikvah on Mutzpi Street, which will open to the public along with the first rainfalls of the season. The mikvah features the stringiest halachic chumros and the latest, up-to-date technology. The minister pledged the assistance of his ministry to complete the construction of the mikvah.
Following a comprehensive tour of the city, the minister and his officers assembled for a council meeting with the mayor. Mayor Rabbi Meir Rubinstein gave the Housing Minister a detailed description of the housing crisis within the chareidi public as a whole, and in Beitar Ilit in particular, while the simple solution to the problem lies in the decision making process of the higher political authorities. The minister ensured the mayor that the problem is on his ministry's agenda. "If it were up to me, I would approve of 2,000 housing units in Beitar Ilit at this very moment, and I hope that by the end of the fiscal year, we will be able to announce that hundreds of housing units in the city are ready to be marketed. We will not let any country or person in the world dictate to us where and when we are allowed to build, and this is what I'm striving for. I will push for a policy where Beitar Ilit will be one of the solutions to the urgent housing crisis in the chareidi public", he said.
The minister also pledged his support to issues that are under the authority of the Defense Ministry. "I have said to the Defense Minister that Beitar is my national preference, and I am happy to say to my staff that we will assist this city that has the professional abilities to progress".
Mayor Rabbi Meir Rubinstein thanked Housing Minister Uri Ariel for his visit and cooperation and his willingness to always assist the city's leadership, for the benefit of the local residents.
Photos: Sasaon Tiram