The cabinet approved on Sunday a
proposed decision put
forward by Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) to send
Palmahim vacation village plan back to the district planning committee
rezoning as a nature reserve and open public space.
Erdan ordered the Nature and Parks
Authority to prepare the
alternate zoning plan.
The 350 unit vacation village plan was approved
but quickly came under fire from a variety of sources, culminating in a
comptroller's report on the subject last year.
"The government took an historic
decision today which
gives precedence to the public interest and corrected past mistakes at
"Israel's beaches are a scarce
resource and we must do
everything we can to preserve open and egalitarian access to the
Erdan said in a statement.
Tourism Minister Stas Mezehinikov
(Israel Beiteinu) had
objected to the cancelling of the plan last Sunday but came around
intervening week. Ehud Zion Waldoks