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Israel: Support for Settlements in Conflict Areas

(Jan. 19, 2011) On October 25, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Foundations of Budget Law. Accordingly, persons (including cooperative settlements, i.e., kibbutzes and moshavs) that are registered or entitled to be registered as possessors of state land in “conflict areas” are exempt from annual payments for their leases or usage permits. “Conflict areas” include the Golan Heights, areas bordering Lebanon, and areas near Sderot (a western Negev city in the southern district of Israel, less than a mile from Gaza, that has been the target of Palestinian rocket attacks). The exemption applies from 2010 on. (Foundations of Budget Law (Amendment No. 39), 5771-2011 [in Hebrew], the Knesset website, (last visited Jan. 13, 2011).)