By transferring responsibility for Israel's Nature and Parks Authority to the JNF, the government – particularly Moshe Kahlon – has conveyed that supporting the country's threatened ecosystems is of little importance.
Professor Alon Tal is on the faculty of BenGurion University of the Negev. His research involves environmental, water and demographic policy. Tal also serves on the international board of the Jewish National Fund and is a co-founder of the new Israel Forum for Demography, Society and Environment and the conservation initiative This is My Earth.
Elizabeth Kolbert's 'The Sixth Extinction – An Unnatural History' won a Pulitzer for discussing the destruction of our planet without being sanctimonious, or utterly despairing.
In this holiday season of retrospection, we would do well to consider the wisdom of Israel’s mad race forward, where development and population growth are paramount social objectives.
Surrendering to pressure to relinquish $720 million for undefined government initiatives, would be an ethical failure - and a betrayal of Zionism.
Why do Rabbis for Human Rights ignore the violation of Bedouin women's rights in the Negev but campaign for the private benefit of a few Bedouin families, while sullying the name of the JNF?
What kind of Jewish state we have built when women worshipers at the Western Wall face spitting, cursing and arrests? The ongoing breach of human rights in Israel, especially for Jewish women, demands a clear response by Israel's political leadership.
Israel will not be spared the 'inconveniences' of climate change during the coming decades. So its government needs to decide whether it wants to part of the solution or remain part of the problem.
Israel should avoid its 'everything will be alright' complacency, and dedicate the necessary resources to prevent accidents like those that have destroyed entire coastal regions.
Recent events in Japan demonstrate that Israel's future lies in solar energy and not the nuclear variety
Because of the complexity of Israel's land laws and policies, the public cannot be blamed if it has failed to grasp the enormous ramifications of the so-called 'land reform' bill.