​The Knesset (Parliament) Finance Committee has approved a budgetary framework of NIS 250 million in 2016, for a land rehabilitation project. Contaminated land on several former Israel Military Industries (IMI) sites and army bases will be rehabilitated, so that the land could be used to build new housing units. Work will begin in the coming year on Appollonia, a former IMI site in Herzliya, as well as at sites in Atlit, Beit Dagan, Jerusalem, Tirat Carmel, and Tzrifin. Total cost of the project is estimated at NIS 3 billion.

​The approval came on July 4, 2016. The project will be conducted by the Environmental Services Co. (ESC) – a government company under the auspices of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP). The Ministry will oversee the project.

The aim is to build 100,000 housing units in order to help alleviate the housing crisis in Israel.

MoEP Director General Yisrael Dancziger: "This is an important step in solving the housing crisis, which will also improve the quality of life in the compounds that will be rehabilitated. This activity will enable the construction of tens of thousands of housing units in a healthier and safer  environment for Israelis."