Mt. Meron in the Galilee.
The Energy and Water Ministry this week announced a decision to give a NIS
50 million grant for the construction of a natural gas distribution center for
Haifa and the Galilee, the Local website reported. The decision was reached in
consultation with the Finance Ministry to encourage the delivery of natural gas
to periphery communities in general and the far north of the country in
According to the conditions of the grant, gas will be
delivered to six major points in the region: Beit Keshet, Amiad, Hatzor
Haglilit, Kiryat Shmona, Ahihud and Karmiel, according to the report.
grant, which will be given to the winner of a yetto- be-published tender, is one
of two for the North and among six in the rest of the country, Local reported.
The projects aim to establish and operate a distribution network for
low-pressure natural gas.
The network aims to enable businesses and
industrial plants that do not require high-pressure natural gas to connect to
the natural gas distribution system, according to the report. It is hoped that
it would allow the businesses, hospitals, factories and office buildings to
convert their energy consumption to the cheaper, cleaner source of
Skydiver crashes into Mount Tabor and is killed
Agmon, 50, of Afula was killed over the weekend when he crashed into the side of
Mount Tabor. Shortly after noon on Saturday, Magen David Adom received a report
of a parachutist who had crashed into the mountain near Shibli. Paramedics found
the skydiver critically injured and unconscious.
attempts to resuscitate the man, they pronounced him dead.
Agmon was one
of a group who were skydiving together, when at one point he entered an
uncontrollable spin and was unable to open his reserve parachute, the Local
Deputy TA mayor demands dialogue with protest
Following a weekend of social justice protests that saw nearly 100
arrests and the introduction of vandalism and confrontation into the largely
peaceful but loud protest movement of last summer, Tel Aviv-Jaffa Deputy Mayor
Meital Lehavi (Meretz) sent an urgent request to Mayor Ron Huldai to “stop the
escalation by committing to immediate and direct dialogue with protest
Noting that Huldai ordered municipal inspectors not to allow
any tents to be pitched on Rothschild Boulevard, last year’s central encampment,
Lehavi asserted that elected municipal leaders “have a responsibility to allow
it to continue growing in order to bring about deeper change in society and
implement the call for social justice.”
Condemning violence, she called
for the city to recognize the legitimacy of protesting and to define the rules
under which it can exist in the city. “The rules must be transparent, and the
mayor’s clarification is needed for guidelines set for municipal inspectors and
Those guidelines, she added, must be written with the agreement
of all political factions in the municipal government. If a protest encampment
is not allowed on Rothschild, she asked, where will it be permitted?
appear on TA’s bicycle paths
Cyclists and pedestrians in Tel Aviv found poetry
painted onto bicycle paths last week, an extension of the city’s Poetry on the
Road project that got rolling last month. The children’s poems, by renowned
poets such as Haim Nahman Bialik and Levin Kipnis, have been displayed on bus
stops and billboards throughout the city for weeks, following the annual
municipal-sponsored contest to select the texts. This week, they began appearing
on bicycle paths for the first time.
In the contest’s eighth year, 65
illustrated children’s poems are being displayed throughout the city. Zohar
Shavit, cultural consultant to Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mayor Ron Huldai, said of the
program, “Every year, the project is devoted to a specific theme. This year we
chose children’s poetry, considering its important role in both children’s and
adults’ worlds.” The publicly displayed poems are not just an intellectual but
also an emotional experience, he added.
Ramat Hasharon focuses on
Ramat Hasharon Municipality held a seminar last week to raise
awareness about accessibility for disabled persons in the city. The seminar was
held in cooperation with the Commission for Equal Rights for People with
Disabilities, the Justice Ministry and the Challenges movement. The event
focused on explaining the importance of accessibility in the city to the
municipality itself and its services.
Deputy and Acting Mayor Shira Evin
noted at the event, “The Ramat Hasharon Municipality, in cooperation with
volunteer organizations, youth and other activists in the city, has set a goal
of turning Ramat Hasharon into a city that is accessible to all: parents with
baby strollers, bicycle riders, people in wheelchairs, the visually impaired,
the hard of hearing, children, the elderly – everyone.”
The city, she
continued, “offers full services and opportunities for all residents and visitors to realize their rights and
potential and to take an active part in the various activities being carried out
throughout the city.”
Tel Aviv reintroduces quiet patrol
Aviv-Jaffa Municipality has announced the reestablishment of its quiet patrol
during this year’s school summer vacation months. Called Keshet, a Hebrew
acronym for “quiet summer in Tel Aviv-Jaffa,” the patrol includes five cars, in
cooperation with Israel Police.
The patrols are intended to maintain
residents’ quality of life in the summer months, as well as maintaining order in
municipal parks and public facilities, and to respond to disturbances reported
to the municipal hot line, 106.
The patrol began operating on June 20 and
will continue through the summer vacation, ending its work on August 25. Keshet
will patrol the city’s streets and parks seven days a week between 10
p.m. and 5 a.m. Pointing to what it described as Keshet’s effectiveness,
the municipality said it dealt successfully with 1,330 complaints last year and
made 1,206 visits to local schools.
Plan for new north Jaffa neighborhood
The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Local Committee approved a plan for the
construction of a new residential neighborhood in the Bezeq compound near the
botanical gardens on the northern outskirts of Jaffa. The new neighborhood will
be bordered by Herzl Street on the east, Hatehiya on the north, Segel Zvi Herman
on the south and Hayated Street on the west.
The neighborhood, which is
planned to have 670 new housing units of various sizes, aims to create a
high-quality residential area while improving the quality of life and commercial
districts along Herzl Street.
One and a half acres are allocated for
public buildings for the benefit of residents, including an elementary school.
In addition, the transportation infrastructure is designed to promote local
access, specifically by green modes of transportation, including dedicated
pedestrian and bicycle paths. Some 60,000 square meters are designated for
residential units, 6,000 for commercial development and 4,000 for industry. The
buildings will range between six and 16 stories.
The plan is in line with
the city’s green outline program, the municipality said in a statement, which,
in planning new roads and routes, gives preference to non-motorized modes of
In addition, the program promotes the creation and
designation of plazas and parks for public use.
Eilat finds friends
in high places
The city of Eilat has friends in high places. Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu has appointed Harel Locker, the directorgeneral of the Prime
Minister’s Office, to head a task force to promote issues relating to the
country’s southernmost city.
Although the immediate focus of the group
will be on the problem of African migrants passing through and living in the
city, its work is expected to address issues ranging from bringing a railway to
the city, promoting business, tourism, trade, academics and making the city a
center for marine biology research. To that end, a proposal was made to support
the creation of an economic development plan in the field of marine biology,
taking advantage of the special features of the region.
Doggy spa hopes
to encourage adoption
As part of efforts to increase adoption rates for dogs
held in the Eilat Municipal Kennel, volunteers from the Let the Animals Live
organization ran a doggy spa event to make the potential canine companions more
attractive to families. Volunteers washed the dogs and clipped their
The animal organization and Eilat Municipal Veterinarian
Oren Abramovich said they hoped the volunteer program would continue
as a monthly event. Pet adoption fairs take place at the municipal kennel on the
last Tuesday of every month.
Other efforts to promote adoption include a
program in cooperation with Arkia Airlines that flies unclaimed, abandoned and
stray dogs to the center of the country, where there is more demand for pets.