Oren asks Knesset for real estate tax exemption for lone soldiers

Lone soldiers, who serve in the IDF when their parents are abroad, would no longer have to pay their real estate tax (arnona), if a new bill passes into law.

The bill was proposed by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister‘s Office Michael Oren (Kulanu), who heads the Knesset Caucus for lone soldiers and was one himself before becoming a .

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"I have worked, and I will continue to work, for benefits for lone soldiers, because I made aliya and served as a lone soldier, so I know the difficulties they endure," Oren said.

Oren promised to soon propose bills relieving lone soldiers of paying for electricity and water and special benefits to lone soldiers who get married.

He was born in New York and raised in New Jersey. He is one of two American immigrants in the Knesset, along with Yehudah Glick (Likud).