Mevaseret Zion Immigration & Absorption Committee Member Jeremy Saltan pointed out that “the land was donated by American Jews to the Jewish Agency, not for a real estate project. Now the land has switched hands to their pension fund, they are looking for a minimum of NIS 295m. for the property.

“Something doesn’t smell right, it is possible we are talking about ‘Holyland: The Sequel,’” he said.

Saltan also responded to Immigration and Absorption Ministry representatives who said they do not have open slots in other centers and there is no plan to build new ones.

“What does it say about the State of Israel that we are closing down the largest absorption center in the country? What are we going to do with the impending aliya from the Ukraine and France?” he asked.