Israel is to outlaw gambling machines and betting on racing.
In a joint press conference, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Justice Ministry Director General Emi Palmor announced their intention to crackdown on the nation’s betting industry.
The new plan of action followed the publication of a report by the Commission on Gambling Regulations.
According to igamingbusiness.com, the politicians announced that they would implement the report’s recommendations with regard to restricting the size of Israel’s gambling sector. In seeking to accomplish this, the aforementioned forms of gambling would be outlawed and a new tax on monies earned though betting would be introduced.
Among other things, the crackdown all but kyboshed any hopes of introducing Israel to the delights of casino gambling.
Asked to account for the new measures, Minister Kahlon stated that, ““Israel’s weakest and poorest are being sold illusions and false hopes every day. As of next year, there will not be a single gambling machine or any horse racing in Israel.
“It is no coincidence that these gambling machines are found mostly in poor neighbourhoods. It is also not a coincidence that we see a sharp rise in lottery revenue the day after welfare checks are sent out every month.
“Unregulated gambling exclusively and deliberately targets and hurts the country’s weakest communities so as long as I am finance minister, there will be no casinos in Israel."