The Knesset Health and Environment Committee demanded Tuesday that the Negev and Galilee Development Ministry submit its plans for developing the Negev explaining how it will be done sustainably within three months. The committee held a special session in Sderot at the Sderot Conference.
After it became clear during the session that the ministry's representative was unaware of government decisions mandating sustainable development, committee chair Dov Henin (Hadash) decided to give the ministry a nudge by requiring a report.
The committee also discussed and expressed its opposition to plans for a phosphates mine outside of Arad. The mine would have a seriously detrimental effect on residents' health, residents' representative Ya'acov Lax warned. The Health Ministry also vigorously opposes the plan.
Henin also objected to plans to create 11 satellite communities around Arad for future IDF personnel. The Negev and Galilee Development Ministry representative also said the ministry was in favor of developing existing towns and cities rather than building new ones. Ehud Zion Waldoks