Green groups laud collapse of oil shale project, IEI’s plans uncertain

A day after blueprints for an oil shale pilot project crumbled in the hands of a district planning committee, environmentalists celebrated a sweeping victory, while developers expressed uncertainty about their future steps. On Tuesday, after 10 hours of intense debate, the Jerusalem District Committee for Planning and Building voted to thwart the pilot drilling project … Read more…

Jerusalem District Committee rejects Shefla basin oil shale pilot project

Terminating a several-year saga that has pitted claims of energy independence against environmental risk, the Jerusalem District Committee for Planning and Building voted to reject the Shfela basin oil shale pilot drilling project on Tuesday evening. The project under debate was that of Jerusalem-based Israel Energy Initiatives, which has for years been aiming to prove … Read more…

Israelis to celebrate ‘International Bat Night’ on Thursday evening

The Israel Nature and Parks Authority is inviting members of the public to take part in the country’s Bat Night on Thursday, to explore firsthand the unique traits of this animal that thrives in darkness. “There isn’t a single place that there aren’t bats in Israel,” Dr. Asaf Tsoar, southern district ecologist for INPA, told … Read more…

Agriculture Ministry installing shelters on farmland on Gazan perimeter

Agriculture Ministry workers began installing shelters on Wednesday on farmland in the vicinity of the Gazan border, the ministry announced. The installations were able to begin due to an additional budget that the ministry received from the government for protecting farmers in the South, the ministry said. The ministry has expedited orders on 120 shelters, … Read more…

Gazan farmer to ‘Post’: We hope to work together with Israelis ‘as one family’

While considering himself lucky that his home has endured no direct impact from the recent fighting, one Gazan farmer lamented the fact that the region’s agricultural fields had all but turned into a wasteland. Unlike those of many of his neighbors, the farmer’s home and lands encountered no harm from the air raids or ground … Read more…

Locals grab laps at Rehovot community pool while they can

Just a month after rocket shrapnel splashed into a Rehovot community center pool, the waters were filled with happy swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. Halfway through the latest 72-hour cease-fire, the residents of this city on the edge of the South were going about their normal routines. Among the worst offenses were children throwing beach balls … Read more…

Report: Turkey forbids completion of gas deal with Israel until peace with Gaza achieved

Natural gas export from Israel’s Leviathan reservoir to Turkey will remain impossible as long as the Israel-Gaza conflict persists, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız said on Monday. Only after a permanent cease-fire has been declared and stability returns to the region could the minister even consider discussing the matter, reported Turkey’s English newspaper, Hurriyet Daily … Read more…

State and local council to replace asbestos roofs in the line of fire from Gaza

Boasting a front-yard garden of potted plants and palm fronds, an otherwise pastoral cottage in the heart of Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha threatens the lungs of those who enter – following the collapse of its asbestos roof under rocket fire. Chunks of asbestos and netting materials hang down in the rooms of the house, the result … Read more…