Building Plan in Eilat Envisions a Doubling of the Population

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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon seen in Eilat at the signing of an agreement to build housing, hotels and new infrastructure for the city. (Yair Sagi/POOL)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised during a visit to Eilat on Tuesday that the state will help to provide the means for the city to double its population in the coming years, from 60,000 to 120,000.

Mr. Netanyahu attended the signing of an agreement for the construction of nine new neighborhoods with a total of 18,372 housing units. At the same time, construction of 6,930 new hotel rooms and additional industrial zones with a total of 146,000 square meters will go forward.

The agreement also sets an 850 million-shekel budgetary framework for transportation and other infrastructure, development of the coastal strip, an international sports center, municipal parks, and a waste treatment facility.

“This agreement will give Eilat an enormous boost, double its population, and enable it to develop and create new industrial zones,” Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon said at the signing ceremony.

He also announced that “the first buyer fixed price lottery in Eilat will start at noon today [Tuesday]. Since Eilat is included in the top priority areas, the percentage of local residents in the lottery is 50 percent. Israel’s state-owned land is not a resource to be traded. Land is a resource that should reach young couples, so that they will be able to build a home on it.”