The Transportation Ministry confirms they will implement major changes in the wake of Israeli Shortcut’s advocacy * After a lengthy correspondence between Israeli Shortcut’s legal department and senior ministry officials, a significant breakthrough was reached for holders of foreign driver’s licenses in Israel
Israeli Shortcut’s advocacy with the Ministry of Transport has born fruit and now new immigrants and returning residents with foreign driver's licenses will be able to immediately convert their foreign licenses to Israeli ones.
In reply to Israeli Shortcut’s request, the Ministry of Transportation gave instructions to public transportation operators to immediately implement regulations that confer eligibility for discounts on foreign passport holders
The municipality demands far stricter compliance concerning the income tax deduction of the property tax from its residents who are foreign citizens than Israeli residents of the capital * And this despite a whopping 40% of the capital’s residents who are foreign nationals!
The Ministry of Transport has been negligent in amending serious legal lacunae (a gap in the law) prevalent in the drivers’ license laws for immigrants, returning residents and tourists/foreign citizens.
Israeli Shortcut recently petitioned the Bank of Israel’s Supervisor of Banks seeking clarification regarding bank rules that discriminate against foreign citizens living in Israel who want to open bank accounts. Not only the Bank of Israel didn’t respond, we found that bank restrictions had become worse.
In addition to being Israel’s largest city, with a greater population than Tel Aviv and Haifa combined, Jerusalem has the country’s largest foreign national population and attracts millions of tourists and students every year which puts a heavy strain on the city’s finances
The inclement winter has not stopped Israeli Shortcut from working tirelessly with the government and other authorities to promote legislation and regulations on behalf of foreign citizens and immigrants to assist them during their stay in Israel.
The Defense Ministry said that he would consider anew the issue of the "Torah is his vocation" deferment for yeshiva students from abroad who have Israeli citizenship, following a report written by Israeli Shortcut association that appeared in Bechadrei Chadorim.
Due to Interior Minister Rabbi Aryeh Deri’s efforts, the discrimination has come to an end. Israeli consulates abroad will now arrange the student status of yeshiva students from abroad before they come to study in the country.
The proposed bill by MK Itzik Shmueli will allow the elderly, new immigrants and the handicapped to cancel transactions by peddling and remote sales within 4 months - instead of within 14 days as established under the current law