Date Palms Across Israel Fall Prey to Beetle Infestation

Infested city palm trees at risk of falling, thus posing danger to pedestrians; Israel's agriculture minister calls for public awareness.

Date palms in cities throughout Israel have fallen prey to a beetle that eats away at the tree trunk and could cause them to fall over this summer, endangering pedestrians, the Agriculture Ministry has warned. The ministry called on the public to inform municipal authorities if they see trees that appear diseased so they can be treated before it is too late.