The Knesset approved in a preliminary reading two bills proposed by MK Moshe Matalon (Israel Beiteinu) that would authorize a full salt harvest of the southern Dead Sea and charge 90 percent of the cost of the harvest to Dead Sea Works. These extra royalties on the company would be sent directly to a special fund designated for Dead Sea rehabilitation. The bill passed with 45 MKs in favor and zero against, and it will move on to a first reading in the Economics Committee.
Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov praised the affirmative vote, saying, "we must act immediately to prevent the continuous rise of the sea, implement new infrastructures, and develop tourism opportunities of a national resource of which there is no other like it in the world."
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