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Israeli PM reintroduces casino plan

16 October 2007

ISRAEL -- As reported by Haaretz: "Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is pushing for a casino in Eilat, after three years of freezing the matter. Two teams are currently studying the possibility of establishing a gambling resort, TheMarker has learned.

"A month ago Olmert ordered the establishment of a group, led by the treasury's director general, Yarom Ariav, to study the issue and to prepare a master plan. At the same time, the outgoing head of the Mifal Hapayis national lottery, Shimon Katznelson, has been discussing the possibility of the lottery running a casino with Raanan Dinur, the director general of the Prime Minister's Office.

"...At the same time, Dinur asked Katznelson a month ago to submit a detailed plan for a Payis-run casino, according to sources inside the lottery. He then established a professional team to formulate such a plan, which will be presented to Olmert at the beginning of November..."

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