New Knesset lobby aims for rehabilitation of polluted rivers and streams

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

A Knesset lobby that will press for the rehabilitation of rivers and streams is launched in the presence of Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg at the Mekorot Hayarkon National Park in the central Israel city of Petah Tikva.

It will be led by lawmakers Gaby Lasky (Meretz) and Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism).

“People always say that those who deal with environmental issues are secular, not ultra-Orthodox. It’s not true,” says Gafni. “The environment is not just for the secular, it is for everyone, for anyone who cares about the world.”

Dana Tabachnik, director of the streams rehabilitation unit at the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, tells the launch event that there is no supervision over the daily mishaps that occur in the sewage system, no proposed solution for dealing with excess effluent, and no economic deterrent to stop the discharge of pollutants into streams.

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