JERUSALEM, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Hours after some 300,000 Israelis took to the streets demanding social justice, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu formed a task force to deal with the demands.
“We must provide a real solution,” Ynetnews.com quoted Netanyahu saying Sunday morning. “We cannot ignore the voices rising from the public. We must give real solutions, not cosmetic treatments.”
Prime Minister’s Office Director General Eyal Gabbai said the group — aimed at easing the financial burden on citizens — will present its recommendations to the government next month, Israel Radio said.
The group is headed by Professor Manuel Trachtenberg, head of the National Economic Council, and is comprised of 15 government ministers, The Jerusalem Post said.
Some of the issues the special forum will tackle include lowering the cost of living, steps required to break up cartels and monopolies in the economy, lowering taxes and removing bureaucracy in house construction, Haaretz said.
For the third week in a row Saturday night, crowds gathered in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other major towns and cities in the country, from Kiryat Shmona in the North to Eilat in the South, demanding the government address rising housing and living costs.
Protesters have also set up tents in major towns and cities.