The Knesset Plenum postponed the date to vote on the Value Added Tax Bill (amendment- tax exemption for constructing security rooms) 2013, in its preliminary reading. The bill was submitted by MK Yakov Asher (United Torah Judaism).

The bill plans to grant exemption from VAT for constructing security rooms in houses that do not have ”safe” spaces.

The bill’s explanation stated that, “Until 1992 the Israeli home front security relied on shelters. This policy changed due to the Gulf War, in which rockets were launched into densely populated areas in the country’s center. These attacks left little time to run for cover.

“The shelters were replaced by security rooms in every house or apartment building. The law, in accordance to this, requires every new building to construct a security room.

“The result of this, in actuality, is that every home-owner who lives in a building built before 1992 is required to construct a security room out of their pocket. We should not cause harm to citizens because of a change in home front security policies. There is no justification for the government to reap the tax benefits from private home owners building security rooms to protect their families.”