Land Reforms

JIMS' Position Paper examines the economic and environmental benefits accruing from small homesteads in the Negev and urges the government to resolve specific legal and zoning issues preventing their future development.
"Obstacles to establishing new communities and how to overcome them” identifies the key obstacles for development and recommends ways of addressing them. Israeli land policy has been state­led and central­ized for decades. The State owns 93 percent of the land. In recent years, the centralization of land policy in the hands of a few bureaucrats has made it difficult to establish new townships in Israel's periphery (the Negev and Galilee).

Israel Land Authority current lack of transparency is against the law. The paper recommends setting up a public database which will include details of the authority's contractual commitments for the land it manages .