In the early 2000s, Israel’s government took steps to protect holiday homes from landlords.
In 2015, the government announced a new law requiring that holiday homes owned by non-Israeli citizens be converted into rental units.
Since then, the country has been building more and more holiday homes, according to statistics released by the Housing Ministry in January.
According to the government, the number of holiday homes built in Israel is estimated at between 40 and 50 million.
According the data, the average price per square meter of an existing holiday home is now $2,000, but it has risen to $2.2 million.
In some areas, the prices of holiday home rentals have risen to over $4,000 per square metre.
In other parts, the price of holiday rentals has decreased.
For example, in Jerusalem, the annual rental price for a two-bedroom holiday home has increased to $4.4 million from $2 million in 2016, according the data.
According an official statement released in January, the legislation was intended to ensure that holiday properties owned by foreign nationals are not rented out to the public, which is contrary to the laws of the land.
The new law was approved by the cabinet in 2016.
However, a group of Israeli lawmakers called the Joint List criticized the law as being an unnecessary and discriminatory measure that could negatively affect the livelihoods of Jewish settlers living in the West Bank.
In addition, the new law could also lead to a deterioration of the quality of life of Israeli citizens, the Joint Addendum to the law stated.
In the years following the enactment of the law, the situation of holiday houses in Israel has worsened.
The number of new holiday homes is estimated to be around 50 million, according Israeli daily Haaretz.
According a report published in the Israeli weekly newspaper Haaretz, there are currently around 70,000 holiday homes in the country.
The most popular holiday homes are located in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, where the majority of the population lives.
The majority of holiday properties are owned by the State of Israel, the Haaretz report states.
“The state is building new holiday houses on the land it occupied in 1967 and in the occupied territories.
The government is building holiday houses, but we are told that we are not allowed to build houses on private land,” said Rania Shaked, head of the local council of the town of Shilo, located in the area of the most occupied Palestinian territories, the occupied Palestinian territory, where about 90 percent of the homes are situated.
“These are places where there are Palestinian children and women, and they’re not supposed to be built on private lands,” she added.
The Israeli government also wants to build more holiday houses.
In 2018, the Israeli government published a list of new buildings that it planned to build on land it had occupied in the Jordan Valley, according Haaretz newspaper.
The list included three new houses in East Jerusalem, in the central area of Jerusalem, and in several other villages in the northern West Bank and the Golan Heights.
The plans included the construction of new houses on privately owned Palestinian land in the areas of Silwan, Ein el-Fakha, and Beit Ummar.
According Haaretz’ report, the plan also included plans for new houses to be constructed in East Gilboa, East Hebron, East Silwan and East Ramallah.
The plan was submitted to the cabinet and was approved on January 27, 2019.
However the cabinet has yet to give its decision on the new building plans.
The state is planning to expand the construction and maintenance of holiday housing and building on private Palestinian land, the report stated.
The latest plans were revealed in December 2018, when the state plans to build new holiday home complexes in Beit El and Ein El-Fikr, according a report by the Jerusalem Post.
The houses would be located on private property, the Jerusalem newspaper reported.
The Haaretz reported that some of the proposed structures include a new house, a new holiday house, and a new apartment complex.
The proposed structures will be built by the construction firm Dovid Architects, a subsidiary of the construction company Eglash, according Gush Shalom, an NGO that advocates for Palestinian rights in Israel.
“This is yet another example of the Israeli state using the pretext of building homes on private properties to justify its construction of more and larger Jewish settlements in occupied Palestine,” Gush said in a statement.
The building of holiday and holiday-related structures will also lead directly to the expansion of illegal settlement construction in the territory.
A recent poll conducted by the Center for Arab and Muslim Studies at Tel Aviv University and the Arab American Institute for Research and Teaching found that only 17 percent of Israeli Jews want the government to halt construction of holiday-themed structures in the territories.
According To Haaretz’, the new planning rules and the construction plan that were submitted by the state will have negative impacts on the development of Palestinian neighborhoods, the organization added.