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September 22, 2021

Land-based casinos are currently illegal in the country

Israeli Prime Minister reintroduces casino plan

(Israel).- Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is pushing for a casino in the country's southernmost city Eilat, after three years of freezing the matter. Two teams are currently studying the possibility of establishing a gambling resort, TheMarker has learned.


fter three years of freezing the matter, a month ago Olmert ordered the establishment of a group, led by the treasury’s director general, Yarom Ariav, to study the issue and to prepare a master plan to decide whether a casino resort is viable, and whether such an establishment would be run by a private franchisee or the state.

At the same time, the outgoing head of the Mifal Hapayis national lottery, Shimon Katznelson, has been discussing the possibility of the lottery running a casino with Raanan Dinur, general director of the Prime Minister’s Office.

At the same time, Dinur asked Katznelson a month ago to submit a detailed plan for a Payis-run casino, according to sources inside the lottery. He then established a professional team to formulate such a plan, which will be presented to Olmert at the beginning of November.

Land-based casinos are currently illegal in Israel, and after a casino in the ancient city of Jericho was closed a number of years ago, Israelis have had to travel abroad or gamble on offshore casino cruise ships.

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