Last Wednesday, I spoke in the Knesset about the 8% rise in housing prices in Israel in the year 2013. The two major factors that cause the crisis are the state monopoly on land and the building freeze on Israel’s most natural and logical land reserves in Judea and Samaria.
The real solution, and apparently the only intrinsic solution, is to understand that the Land of Israel belongs to the Nation of Israel – both on a private and national basis. The Land of Israel belongs to the People of Israel before it belongs to the State of Israel. It belongs to the Nation of Israel and no other nation.
Israel must build modern, metropolitan housing on the western slopes of the Judea, Benjamin and Samaria regions. These areas are a short commute from Israel’s commerce and industry hub.
So actually we have two choices: Either we understand that the entire Land is ours and we build many more Modi’ins on the slopes of Western Samaria, just one half hour from Israel’s large cities. Or we watch as the housing prices continue to spiral.