|Government quashes plan to rehabilitate Dead Sea|
|Monday, 21 November 2011 19:21|
A week after the Dead Sea failed to make the list of winners in the New 7 Wonders competition, the cabinet rejected yesterday (Sunday) a bill that would provide for its rehabilitation and protection in an 8-7 vote. “The government has chosen to stand on the sides of the factories and has failed in safeguarding the Dead Sea,” said MK Dov Khenin (Hadash).
Though written by members of the green group Israel Union for Environmental Defense (Adam Teva V'Din), the bill in question had originally been submitted to the Knesset by MK Khenin, who called the proposed plan historic. Among the main principles of the bill were provisions to preserve the Dead Sea and its surrounding natural resources, maintain the waters for future generations, curb plunging water levels in the northern region of the sea and create a new management system that would provide for reasonable amounts of mineral extraction while protecting biodiversity, according to its text.
“Thanks to the incisiveness of the environmental protection minister, who filed an appeal against the government decision, the proposed bill will be up for discussion again in another two weeks, and we hope that the government, which chose to side today with the factories instead of implementing real action that would save the Dead Sea, will chance its stance,” said Amit Bracha, director of Adam Teva V’Din.
|Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2011 19:25|