Israel’s Finance Minister reveals plan to build 2.6 million homes by 2040


Israel’s Finance Minister Kahlon is planning to present the Housing Cabinet later this week an “unprecedented strategic blueprint” in an effort to fight soaring housing prices and meet market demands by the increase in home construction of 247% by 2040.

By Zeev Klein


Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon plans to unveil a new plan for tackling rising housing costs at a meeting of the Housing Cabinet scheduled to be held later this week.

The plan, a joint project of the National Economic Council, the National Zoning and Planning Committee, and the Housing Forum, the executive arm of the Housing Cabinet, has been described as an “unprecedented strategic blueprint” in the government’s efforts to meet market demands and fight soaring housing prices.

Archive photo of a construction project in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa. Photo AP

It calls for the planning and marketing of 2.6 million apartments in the next 24 years, to offset demand. According to projections, the number of households in Israel is expected to increase by 247%, from 2.3 million to 3.8 million, by 2040.

According to the plan, 19,500 apartments will be built for the ultra-Orthodox sector, 10,000 of which Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has agreed to construct in a new haredi neighborhood to be established near the southern town of Kiryat Gat. The plan also includes the construction of tens of thousands of apartments for the Arab sector.

To meet the plan’s objectives, 104,000 apartments will need to be built in the next two years, and 208,000 apartments will need to be built by 2020.

The goal is to build 52,000 apartments every year for the next four years, and to later increase construction, so that 67,000 apartments are built each year between 2036 and 2040, which would result in a nationwide construction boom.


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