Israel is considering opening its first casino in Eilat


Posted on the 26th of September 2015

Israel is considering opening its first casino in Eilat

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met with Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and Tourism Minister Yariv Levin to examine the feasibility of launching Israel’s first casino in the coastal city of Eilat. Gambling in Israel is currently illegal, with gambling boats taking gamblers out of Eilat and into international waters to gamble, or to the casino hotels in Egypt’s Red Sea resorts. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has supported the idea of licensing a casino in Israel in the past, but there is always a great deal of opposition to casino gambling by the ultra-orthodox on the grounds of morality. Speaking on Israeli radio, the Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said; “As tourism minister, I support this fully. I have no doubt that the way to help Eilat economically and to increase the number of tourists is by means of a casino.. There is no doubt that a casino also has very serious social potential and if we go ahead with this, we have to make sure that this is done with restrictions and supervision to prevent the casino from becoming an incubator for crime. I am coordinating a detailed inquiry into this matter and when it is concluded, I will present the conclusions to the prime minister and based on that, we will make decisions.”

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