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(photo credit: Delek group via Bloomberg)
President Shimon Peres telephoned mega tycoon Yitzhak Tshuva – whose Delek Group
was part of the conglomerate that drilled and developed the Tamar gas reservoir
– to congratulate him on the start of the gas flow.
“Without you, this
tremendous phenomenon would not have happened,” Peres told Tshuva, adding that
bringing a flow of natural gas to Israel was a historic, unprecedented process.
“I don’t have sufficient blessings in my heart to bestow on you.”
said that this new development could reduce the cost of electricity by as much
as 50 percent and he hoped that this would prove beneficial both to private
consumers and to factory plants dependent on this kind of energy.
in the day, in the course of meetings with chief rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yona
Metzger, as well as with Shas spiritual mentor Ovadia Yosef, Peres had praised
Tshuva, saying that he had remained stubbornly optimistic in the face of the
general lack of enthusiasm in Israel, and that he had found an American drilling
company to carry out the essential work. It was Tshuva’s persistence and vision
which had brought Israel to this new level of energy independence where it
stands today, Peres underscored.
Yet for all that, Peres acknowledged
during his meeting with Amar, that to continue drilling on the Sabbath and to
also make the announcement of the flow of natural gas into Israel on a Saturday
had been a mistake.
In conversations with all three rabbis, Peres spoke
of the importance of maintaining Jewish values.