Listen | Eco-terrorism or Self-sabotage: The Mystery of Israel’s Worst-ever Oil Spill

Israel immediately and without evidence pointed the finger of blame at Iran when oil started washing up on its beaches. But the disaster could have a much less conspiratorial explanation.

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Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz’s environmental affairs correspondent, Zafrir Rinat, and senior editor for science and archaeology, Ruth Schuster, to discuss the worst oil spill to hit Israel’s beaches.

Following a massive clean-up operation, we ask: Who was responsible for the spillage? At which regional rival did Environment Minister Gila Gamliel immediately point the finger of blame? And is eco-terrorism really the most likely explanation for the incident?

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We also cast our eye ahead of this week’s election and ask why environmental issues were nowhere to be seen in the months of campaigning.

Recommended related reading/listening:

Israel Lifts State of Emergency on Its Mediterranean Coast Month After Oil Spill / Zafrir Rinat

A Deep Dive Into Israeli-Iranian Naval War / Amos Harel

LISTEN: Why Is Netanyahu Still Standing After All This Time? / Election Overdose

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