Shaul Goldstein 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Newly appointed Israel Nature and Parks Authority head Shaul Goldstein seeks to
further cooperation among Israel’s various environmental organizations as well
as increase tourism in the country’s natural oases, he told The Jerusalem Post
Goldstein, currently the head of the Gush Etzion Regional
Council, will begin his new job on Wednesday, after receiving approval from the
cabinet on Sunday. At the end of October, when an Environmental Protection
Ministry committee headed by director-general Alona Sheffer-Caro unanimously
agreed to nominate him, Goldstein told the Post that “the minute” he received
approval, he’d enthusiastically move to the INPA. One of the biggest challenges
Goldstein now says he aims to tackle in his new role is achieving a balance
between increased tourism and the ongoing protection of Israel’s natural
“It’s a very challenging conflict between preserving nature
and finding a way to bring more and more people to walk around in it,” he
explained, stressing that Israel has so many unique species that must be
Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan expressed
satisfaction at Goldstein’s approval, noting that the future INPA head would
contribute greatly to promoting the goals of the organization, according to a
statement released by the ministry.
Once in office, Goldstein said he
also plans to strengthen relationships with groups that do comparable or
overlapping work to that of the INPA, such as the Israel Antiquities Authority
and the Jewish National Fund.
“We can promote all the energies into one
direction instead of fighting each other,” he added.
While Goldstein has
spent years governing a large section of Judea and Samaria, he said that it was
too early to discuss future INPA activities that could occur in the West Bank
under his authority, only adding that this region would receive “the same
approach” as any other part of Israel.