Shalom Life | May 27, 2015

Tourism Minister Pushes for Casino in Israel

Casino said to be built in 2011.

By: Bev Spritzer

Published: November 19th, 2010 in News » Israel

Tourism Minister Pushes for Casino in Israel

Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov announced Wednesday he will be pushing to build a casino in Israel next year, according to Ynet News.

Ministers of Tourism have announced this sort of thing before, although no construction plans have ever actually been carried out.

Over the course of the past 10 years, almost all of Israel's tourism ministers planned to build a casino in Eilat. In 2003, the Prime Minister's office attempted to promote the establishment of two casinos in southern Israel, however the plan never materialized.

Both Abraham Hirchson and Yitzhak Aharonovitch promised to set up casinos during their stints as tourism ministers.

The question of setting up a casino in Israel has been debated for more than 25 years, but no significant steps have ever been taken to further the plan. Three different committees have discussed proposals to build a casino over the years, two of which had been government-appointed.

The illegal gambling industry in Israel currently generates close to NIS 20 billion ($5.43 billion) a year.

Social considerations aside, establishing a casino could bring the State of Israel large amounts of money. According to Ynet, it is estimated that a casino would boost the economic activity of the area where it is built by creating jobs, increasing demand for trade, accommodation, food etc.

According to reports, a casino would also increase the state's revenue in taxes. Legalization of gambling facilities would prevent unreported funds and could also reduce incidents of money laundering.

Israel is currently losing potential tax revenues because of the illegal gambling industry.

5,000-Year-Old Music Scene Discovered in Western Galilee 5,000-Year-Old Music Scene Discovered in Western Galilee TrendingThis Toddler Threw a Fit in Front of President Obama During a Passover Seder This Toddler Threw a Fit in Front of President Obama During a Passover Seder TrendingRecord-High Number of French Jews Attend Birthright Israel Trip Record-High Number of French Jews Attend Birthright Israel Trip Trending
 

Season 6 of 'Comedians in Cars' Features Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Carrey & More

May 27, 2015 | By Ashley Ramnarain
Season 6 of 'Comedians in Cars' Features Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Carrey & More

The newest season of Jerry Seinfeld's topical internet show starts on June 3rd

Read More

One Republic Visits Iron Dome Before Tel Aviv Concert

May 27, 2015 | By Ami Friedman
One Republic Visits Iron Dome Before Tel Aviv Concert

American band members meet operators of Israeli missile interceptor ahead of their show at Park HaYarkon

Read More

There's a Jewish Nursing Home in the Bronx That Also Cares for Catholic Nuns

May 27, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
There's a Jewish Nursing Home in the Bronx That Also Cares for Catholic Nuns

"This is home now," says 83-year-old Sister Grace Henke. "When we first came, we were fish out of water"

Read More

People Have Mixed Feelings About Khloe Kardashian's "Habibi" Picture

May 27, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
People Have Mixed Feelings About Khloe Kardashian's "Habibi" Picture

Reality star posts controversial image onto Instagram, again

Read More

Why is This Blatantly anti-Semitic Course Still Being Offered at UC Riverside?

May 27, 2015 | By Jonathan Dick
Why is This Blatantly anti-Semitic Course Still Being Offered at UC Riverside?

UC Riverside remains silent on an anti-Israel course listed in their Spring academic calendar; Shalom Life investigates

Read More

Face the Music Toronto Offers A Night of Great Music, and For a Good Cause

May 26, 2015 | By Shalom Life Team
Face the Music Toronto Offers A Night of Great Music, and For a Good Cause

Proceeds from UJA's new signature charity fundraiser will support summer camp scholarships for kids in need

Read More

5,000-Year-Old Music Scene Discovered in Western Galilee

May 26, 2015 | By Daina Goldfinger
5,000-Year-Old Music Scene Discovered in Western Galilee

Israeli archaeologists excavated a symbolic cylinder seal, the oldest in existence

Read More

This Toddler Threw a Fit in Front of President Obama During a Passover Seder

May 26, 2015 | By Daina Goldfinger
This Toddler Threw a Fit in Front of President Obama During a Passover Seder

The young girl made quite a scene at the White House, captured in a photo that's obviously gone viral

Read More

More Headlines