Vice Premier Silvan Shalom_311.
(photo credit: Reuters/Mike Cassese)
Dozens of mayors from across the country gathered Thursday in Tel Aviv to
promote the establishment of a second international airport for the country in
the Negev, at the behest of Deputy Prime Minister and Negev and Galilee
Development Minister Silvan Shalom.
“We are at capacity now and we must
do everything so that the decision to establish an airport in Nevatim will go
before the government without delay,” Shalom told the mayors.
to establish an airport at Nevatim would be a strategic decision of influence on
the future of the Negev.”
Rosh Ha’ayin Mayor Moshe Sinai criticized the
government for forbidding people to use leaf-blowers due to the noise while at
the same time allowing for huge amounts of noise from airplanes landing and
departing over the center of the country.
Beersheba Mayor Rubik
Danilovich stressed that having such an airport together with Road 6 and the
National Railway would “entirely eliminate the term ‘periphery.’” Establishing
an international airport in the Negev is also the preferable choice to green
groups, such as the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, over a
former alternative of Megiddo, in the North