The Knesset Finance Committee voted unanimously, Tuesday morning, to extend a 2011 order to encourage investment in tourism until the end of 2015. The order sets a growth target of five million tourists from abroad by the end of the period.
Responding to an inquiry by alternate committee member Orit Struk of Hevron, Committe Chairman Nisan Slomiansky expressed his desire that Judea and Samaria (Shomron) would be included in the target areas in the future. His remarks sparked a debate, during which it was claimed that the region could not be included because it is not under Israeli sovereignty. Slomiansky responded that his remarks were only for the sake of disclosure.