Israel to Ramp Up Tel Aviv Development, at the Expense of Peripheral Towns and Cities

Plans are in the works to build more housing in the center of the country, increasing number of housing units in the area by 90,000 units, and calling for 180,000 units by 2020, 330,000 by 2030 and 550,000 by 2040.

Even though no one from the country's planning agencies will say it, the authorities are admitting that Israel's blueprint for development has been a failure. Discussions are under way on big changes to the program, National Master Plan 35, or Tama 35 in Hebrew. The changes would ramp up the number of housing units in the center of the country and cut the number elsewhere.