Wealthy Arab buyers have purchased thousands of dunam’s of agricultural land from private owners in the Galilee. The purchasers are from states that have no diplomatic relations or recognition of the state of Israel. Israel radio broadcast the news of the purchase Saturday on voice of Israel; a government run broadcast.
Privately owned property in Israel is able to be sold to the highest bidder as there is no restriction on who is able to buy a privately owned land. Israeli farmers formed a coalition to seek to purchase the land themselves but were unable to exceed the bid of the Arab State buyers.
Recent changes in the law that were passed in the Israel lands Authority reform act brought about the opportunity for these Arab purchasers as was feared by those who oppose the passage of the bill. Kadima Knesset Member Nachman Shai spoke out against the same in a news release, saying “Israeli lands are being sold to the highest bidder,” just as expected and feared during the vote on land reform.