(photo credit: Doron Nissim/INPA)
The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) sent a letter to Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday asking him not to allow an access road to
be paved from his Caesarea home to Route 2 through a nature reserve.
the letter, SPNI wrote that it had come to their attention that the security
services had contacted the Nature and Parks Authority recently about paving the
road through the Carob Caesarea nature reserve – a small sand dune reserve on
the outskirts of the neighborhoods of Caesarea.
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The apparent reason for
the road would be to provide more security for the prime minister.
urged Netanyahu to think of the long-term damage.
“It is important to
remember that the access road is intended for use during a temporary period,
whereas the damage to the reserve will be forever,” the organization
It also noted that the reserve had already been reduced because of
the creation of the Or Akiva junction to the south and the construction on the
edge of Jisr e-Zarka on the north.
SPNI also wrote that it was sure there
was some other alternative that would answer the security needs
The Prime Minister’s Office responded, “The issue is being
weighed by the security services and no decision has yet been made. The prime
minister is not involved in this issue and any decision which is made, if at
all, will adhere to the law and be done in coordination with all of the relevant
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