The Land and Real Estate in
Israel Land Background
93% of the land in Israel is public domain; that is , either property of the
state, the Jewish National Fund (J.N.F) or the Development Authority.
The Israel Land Administration (ILA) is the government agency responsible
for managing this land which comprises 5,750,000 acres. "Ownership" of real
estate in Israel usually means leasing rights from the ILA for 49 or 98 years.
Four cornerstones make up the legal basis of the Israel lands policy:
Law establishing the Israel Lands Administration (1960)
Lands Law (1960)
Lands Administration (1960)
between the state of Israel and the World Zionist
Organization (Jewish National Fund) (1960)
The Israel Lands Council sets policy. The chairman of the council is the
vice prime minister, minister of industry, trade, labor and communications.
The council is comprised of
24 members; 12 represent government ministries and 12 represent the Jewish
The director general of the ILA is appointed by the government.
Functions of the ILA
(Israel Land Administration)
Guarantee that the national
lands are used in accordance with Israeli laws.
Actively protect and
supervise state lands
Make state land available
for public use
Plan, develop and manage
state land reserves
Initiate planning and
(Including relocation of existing occupants)
Regulate and manage
registration of state lands
Authorization of contracts
and agreements with other parties
Provide services to the
of land areas for public and state requirements
land reserves for future needs
of agricultural lands
usage in accordance with the law
guarding the state lands
Israel Law Departments