It appears that I was not the first to discover that Israel has a serious planning and building permitting problem
."A significant part of the corruptions surrounding planning and building in Israel is due to the prolonged and convoluted procedures in this area, and the many obstacles put in the way of citizens and developers," said Netanyahu. "As a result, over the years, dealmakers have held sway, trying to bribe clerks and public officials. In order to reduce this corruption, it is very important to remove the bureaucratic barriers and to shorten and streamline planning and building procedures."The fact is that the reform is not advancing. The rotten system that has developed over the years is too well entrenched.