Israeli Ministry of Defense Hinders Green Energy Projects in Golan Heights
Backtracking on previous agreements, the ministry is allegedly claiming that green energy entrepreneurs are disrupting regular military operations in the area
Lior Gutman | 16:39 26.05.2019
The Israeli Ministry of Defense is stymieing wind energy projects in the Israeli Golan Heights, according to several people familiar with the matter who spoke to Calcalist on condition of anonymity. The ministry is demanding payments in the hundreds of millions of shekels to upgrade equipment and infrastructure, claiming entrepreneurs are disrupting regular military operations in the area.
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The projects, however, are also seeing opposition from environmental organizations, who claim they could pose risk to migratory birds. The ministry of defense considers the project to be an important one and therefore promotes it in collaboration with the ministries of energy and finance, a spokesperson for the defense ministry told Calcalist. The details of the talks, however, and especially on matters of security, should remain between the ministries, the spokesperson said.