Israel's Interior Minister Admits Failure to Populate Periphery

'Reality has dealt a blow to the vision' of making outlying regions more attractive, National Master Plan committee says. 'A large portion of Israel’s population continues to aspire [to live in] the center.'

The government’s dream of encouraging residential construction in outlying areas by restricting it in the center of the country has been defeated by the forces of market demand. As a result, the Interior Ministry’s planning administration has recommended amending the National Master Plan to meet this demand by allowing massive construction in the central region.