Gabbay joins protest against natural gas rig

"We are in favor of the development of natural gas, but we are also in favor of our health," MK Gabbay stated at the rally.

By BEN BRESKY
January 25, 2019 13:58
2 minute read.
Gabbay joins protest against natural gas rig

Labor leader MK Avi Gabbay states that Israel can benefit from natural gas without destroying the environment during a rally at Dor Beach on January 25, 2019. (photo credit: MAARIV)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Labor leader MK Avi Gabbay joined protesters in calling to remove gas rigs from Dor Beach near Haifa in Israel's north.

"There is no more just struggle than the struggle for our health," said Gabbay, at the rally which saw activists from the Shomrei HaBayit organization join with demonstrators from the Labor party.

Israel's discovery of natural gas off the coast has the nation both excited for the economic benefits and concerned over the environmental impact.

Parts of Noble Energy’s Leviathan platform began making their way to Israel in December and are on schedule to be deployed off Israel’s coast in the first quarter of 2019. The legs of the gas rig were transported to Israel on large barges pulled by tugboats.

"Although the barges have arrive in Israel, it is not too late to correct this distorted plan, in the interests of the security of the state and the welfare of the country's residents," MK Gabbay said. "We are in favor of development and in favor of the State of Israel enjoying natural gas, but we are also in favor of our health," he added.

Shomrei HaBayit, or "Guardians of the Homeland" have been in the forefront of warning about the dangers the oil rig could cause to the environment. They weaved black flags and wore black t-shirts with a skull-and-crossbones symbol as they stood on the sand with the waters of the Mediterranean in the background.


Discovered in 2010, Leviathan is the largest-ever gas find in the eastern Mediterranean and is being hailed as a game-changer in terms of energy independence and economic benefit.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu positioned the government’s natural gas policy as in the larger interest of the country’s national security, highlighting that it would ensure Israel’s position in the Middle East.

MK Yael Cohen Paran (Hatnuah) also spoke at the rally stating, "the platform is dangerous." Noting that she was against the platform "since day one," she praised past successes in curbing the gas field growth.

"Thanks to our struggle, Noble Energy's emissions permit was canceled. This is a tremendous achievement. We will continue to work to cancel the construction permit of the platform that threatens us,' she said.

MK Cohen Paran founded the Israel Energy Forum and has represented Israel at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

A depiction of a shuttle service provided by Bubble, a joint initiative of Via and Dan.
May 22, 2019
Via's Tel Aviv ride-sharing service explodes with 20,000 users in one month

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF