Israelis once cherished their country for its varied and changing landscape and its flora and fauna. Sadly, those who are in power believe that all this is dispensible in the name of security and occupation. If taken to its logical conclusion, one may be left with a country that is secure and has a flourishing occupation of someone else's territory, but what about the land itself? When a government is determined to build on the land to try and make it untenable to divide it between two peoples, something has to pay the price. In Israel's case it is the landscape. One only has to stand at one of the panoramic viewpoints overlooking the once-beautiful Judean wilderness to see that it is now stained with concrete settlements and dissected with new roads. If the policy-makers care so little for the landscape, some colonies of rare bats will not even touch their radar.
Law expanding definition of terrorist activity passes first Knesset reading (Haaretz)