Billionaire's Vision: Three Million Jews in the Negev
(IsraelNN.com) Israeli billionaire Yitzchak Tshuva envisions three million Jews living in the Negev by 2050 following huge investments in industry and tourism and the completion of the proposed Red Sea-Dead Sea canal, bitterly opposed by environmentalists. Tshuva wants to bring his plan, including government funding, to the Knesset for approval, according to the Hebrew newspaper Haaretz.
The plan is based on cooperation with Jordan and a large desalination plant that would run on natural gas from Saudi Arabia or Egypt and would provide water to Jordan and Israel. Tshuva foresees man-made lakes in the Negev while preserving natural wildlife areas.
Gov't Votes to Create New Arab City in Galilee
(IsraelNN.com) The government decided Sunday to create an inter-ministerial committee for advancing the creation of a new Arab city in the Galilee.
The committee will be headed by Interior Ministry Director Aryeh Bar and will include directors of other government ministries, including the Defense Ministry and the Finance Ministry.