Cabinet approves NIS 350 million for Jerusalem tourism
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Cabinet approves NIS 350 million for Jerusalem tourism

Prime minister says investments will help city realize its potential as a global tourism center

Tourists in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City in May 2012. (photo credit: Uri Lenz/Flash 90)
Tourists in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City in May 2012. (photo credit: Uri Lenz/Flash 90)

The cabinet on Sunday approved the allocation of NIS 350 million over the next six years for the development of public tourist spaces in Jerusalem. The decision was one of a series of measures passed intended to promote economic, tourist and social development in Jerusalem.

The funds will be used to develop the city’s infrastructure and open spaces, as well as to renovate major tourism sites.

An additional measure adopted Sunday stipulates that the Israel Land Administration free up land in Jerusalem for career IDF and Israel Police personnel housing.

“The decisions that we are making today will continue this government’s considerable investments in Jerusalem in recent years, the results of which we already see today,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. “These investments will help give expression to Jerusalem’s vast potential as a focus for global tourism and will greatly contribute to the development and strength of Israel’s capital.”

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