Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan and National Infrastructures Minister Dr. Uzi Landau called upon Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz to immediately order his office to cease attempts to thwart the authorization of a natural gas based power plant in Ashkelon to replace a coal facility, both ministries announced on Tuesday afternoon.
"The audacity of Treasury officials knows no borders. Government ministers, including the finance minister, adopted a specific draft and now the officials are trying to [throw a wrench in the works]," Erdan said in a statement. "All of us have a common goal – security in energy supply while maintaining public health and protecting the environment, and in order to fulfill this we are compelled to begin establishing the station."Landau agreed, saying in another statement: "Once again Treasury officials are sabotaging government activities and are delaying the implementation of important decisions in the development of Israel's independent energy sector. The price, as usual, will be paid by citizens of Israel."