As an American tourist making his fourth visit to Israel on May 29, I was appalled to read about this sudden rise in hotel prices via a VAT. By imposing taxes at this breakneck speed you unfairly punish people who have already made plans and alienate the tourist public in general. This is the worst way to generate revenue and emotionally and intellectually clueless. This sort of thing should be phased in and tested. This amateurish and self-destructive.
Ofir Akunis officially replaces Danny Danon as minister of science, technology, and space (Haaretz)
from the article: It's official: Tourists to start paying value-added tax starting June 1