From: The branches of long-term planning and thinking one step ahead, the Interior Ministry, the Housing and Construction Ministry
To: The Gilboa Irises, the Gray Force lizards of Ashdod and Nitzanim, the Israeli deer of the Jerusalem hills, the Nymph Butterfly of Safed, the daffodils and narcissus of Glilot junction
Re: Eviction notice
We wish to inform you about our intentions to evict you from your habitats, according to the instructions of the Planning and Construction Law and according to approved zoning plans. Please prepare accordingly for the fulfillment of these construction plans. This is being sent so you can be successfully absorbed into new breeding grounds.
According to the Planning and Construction Law, we must note that any objections that were submitted against the plans by various bodies that represented themselves as your representatives were rejected by us after the objections were presented to us and examined. The following are a summary of the objections and the reasons for their rejection: According to the representatives of the objecting bodies, those designated for removal are defined as endangered species and protected according to the laws of preservation of nature in Israel and international treaties. Some exist only in Israel and harming them to the point of extinction will mean they will forever disappear from the planet Earth.
These species are an important element in the maintenance of ecological systems. The existence of these systems is inherently justified, in addition to which they make vital contributions to the quality of life in Israel. Moving these species in an orderly fashion to other sites is not a solution. It usually ends with the species being unable to survive because of a loss of sources of food and shelter.
After deep examination, consultation with experts and conducting surveys on the environmental impact of the construction plans, we decided to reject the arguments made by the opponents, mostly because most of the species can be moved to growing environments nearby and continue to live there.
We recognize the fact that species like Gray Force lizards that live in dunes have been reduced, and that the Nymph Butterfly that lives mostly in the Safed area, lacks alternative habitats. However, lizards and other species can find homes in zoos and petting zoos. We think that would be an improvement over their current living conditions because they would receive food and shelter there. It would also serve in the nation's interest, since it would be possible to view this species, something that has been nearly impossible until now.
Another argument that was raised is that these species are aesthetic and of symbolic importance, so a special effort should be made to protect them. We have no ability to decide on a matter of aesthetic values, but according to the prevailing view among landscape architects and planners, streets and neighborhoods with special designs in the construction plans will be named for the species. There might also be statues and drawings of the species, so this will perpetuate the aesthetic and symbolic values.
The opponents' argument that moving the species, particularly the flora, often ends in failure, has also been examined. The data in our hands contradicts this claim and says that in plans like paving roads, many kinds of flowers and trees were moved and fit well beside the roads in their new habitats. In this case, too, there is a contribution to quality of life because drivers need not venture down dirt roads into nature to see the trees and flowers, as they can see them from the highway. It's well known that nature does not know borders, therefore placing flowers in a new place, lined up along the side of the road, is in effect nature preservation, anew.
To summarize, we would like to recommend that all the individual species referred to be moved to breeding grounds near new residential areas or settlements that will be built. Many of these construction plans are based on quality of life in the heart of nature. Without this flora and fauna, the value of the new apartments might decline and as a result, the government's investment might be harmed.
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