Give Me Room!

You might not think that recent housing protests in Israel are significant. But, I’m here to tell you they are, and why.

Over 300,000 Israelis protested the cost of housing yesterday, and you cannot help but sympathize with them, because the cost of housing in Israel is very, very high. In some places, it’s insane.

The reason for that is land. There’s not enough of it, and all of it is owned by the Israeli government. Well, at least something like 95% of it.

If you want to build a house in Israel, you have to go to the Israeli government and ask for a lease. You heard me right. You don’t own the land that your house is built on. The government owns that land, and they only let you have it for 99 years. And worse, they charge you an astronomical amount for the right to hold it.

Now, they do this for a reason. They know that if Israel has a future, there needs to be enough land for people to live on. And THAT means letting the land go in small amounts at a time at a very high price. When land is expensive, people try to get as much out of it as possible. The cost of something always makes you careful and efficient.

The downside is that the cost of housing in Israel is very high, and people just can’t afford it. (And, that includes yours truly.)

(Before I forget, here’s the link to the article: Protest draws 300,000 in largest show of force yet)

Where’s the significance?

It’s found in Isaiah 49:14,19-20 (NASB)

 14 But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me,
And the Lord has forgotten me.”
15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child
And have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.

19 “For your waste and desolate places and your destroyed land—
Surely now you will be too cramped for the inhabitants,
And those who swallowed you will be far away.
20 “The children of whom you were bereaved will yet say in your ears,
The place is too cramped for me;
Make room for me that I may live here.’

Israel has become too cramped for her children, so her children are asking for room to live.

A hundred years ago, that would have been unthinkable. Even 50 years ago. Today, it is prophecy fulfilled.

We truly live in amazing times.

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