Hamburger Evron & Co.

Most opinions in the real estate industry are that there won’t be big changes following the conviction of Olmert in the Holyland affair – some believe that the regulatory system will in fact succeed in creating a deterrent.

“Uri Sheetrit took bribes willingly and with his eyes wide open”, wrote Judge David Rozen last week in the verdict on Sheetrit and other defendants in the Holyland affair, including former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who served as Mayor of Jerusalem during the said period, and Uri Lupolianski, who served as deputy to Olmert.

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“Don’t paralyze the Local Committees”

Attorney Haim Waintrob, a senior partner at law firm Hamburger Evron & Co. and an expert on planning and zoning law, believes there is no justification in making generalizations about the people involved in the real estate market as a result of the conviction in the Holyland affair: “One must hope that the Holyland ruling will not lead to paralysis of the activity of the Local Committees out of a mistaken belief that there is something here that can cast a shadow on the image of all Local Committees”, says Waintrob.

“A reverse ray of light is precisely to be found in the new amendment to the Planning and Construction Law, which expresses the opposite trend and extends the powers of Local Committees, which indicates that the legislator is seeking to give them backing and expand their activities. Enforcement in the right places does not contradict the assumption that the Local Committees ought to be given an appropriate opportunity to act within their jurisdiction”.