Cabinet Approves Transfer Of IDF Bases to Negev

YERUSHALAYIM -
A view of the new Combined Military Training Bases in the Negev desert, near Be’er Sheva. The vacated IDF bases in the central region will be earmarked for the general housing market. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
A view of the new Combined Military Training Bases in the Negev desert, near Be’er Sheva. The vacated IDF bases in the central region will be earmarked for the general housing market. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

The Israeli cabinet approved on Sunday the transfer of IDF bases in central Israel to the Negev, which will free up land for construction of an estimated 60,000 housing units in areas of high demand.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called the decision “historic,” promising an economic boom in the south while providing much-needed housing in the center. He said that this measure, combined with the vacating of Israel Military Industries land in Ramat Hasharon, would vacate enough land for the construction of 100,000 housing units in the central region.

The program is to be implemented over the next 10 years by a new government company to be founded for the purpose.

Together with the Ministry of Defense, the new company will handle the moving of the camps to the south, a plan that will cost an estimated NIS 18 billion. The budgetary resources for financing the plan are based on proceeds from marketing the land in the existing camps for residential construction, business, and commerce.

The IDF bases slated for transfer from the center to the Negev include Zerifin, on the site of which 12,600 housing units will be built; Sirkin (12,000 housing units); Tel Hashomer (10,000 housing units; Tira 148 (4,400 housing units); and the Adjutant Corps base in the heart of Ramat Gan (1,200 housing units).