Even after occupying more than 80% of historical Palestine - six million Israeli Jews are running out of space. Most Israeli Jews live in high-rise apartment buildings, and even they’re begining to burry the deads in multi-level structures.
On June 18, 2012, Israeli daily YNet reported that Netanyahu government is planning to build artificial islands off Gaza coast to house a power plant, military base, airport, seaport and hotels to boost tourism – and a desalination plant. The three square mile Island would be linked to Gaza via a three-mile long bridge.
Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz who is given the task of carrying-out the feasibility studies, said: “The construction of artificial islands can solve the country’s lack of space for large industrial facilities“.
The proposed island is estimated to cost US$10 billion and will take upto 10 years to finish. One can expect that the US taxpayers would be glad to subsidize the project, as Israel is in debt worse than the US.
The plan was originally proposed by Israel’s transport minister Yisrael Katz in 2011.
Gidon Bromberg, director of ‘Friends of the Earth Middle East’, described the project as “complete madness”.
The Gaza Strip’s own airport was destroyed by the Jewish army back in 2002 and the enclave has been under a tight naval blockade since Hamas formed government in 2007. Gaza has a small fishing port but it doesn’t have anything to deal with commerical shipping. The Zionist regime has only allowed limited goods to enter and leave Gaza since 2007 although Gazans have taken to smuggling goods from Egypt through tunnels.
The Zionist regime has claimed that the project will help Palestinians by creating more jobs and tourism. In respnse, PA spokesman Ghassan Khatib said: “This is pure fantasy and it is not the concern of Israel. If they want to help Palestinians, they must end the siege on Gaza, and allow the reintegration of the West Bank and Gaza and the establishment of a Palestinian state. Then they are welcome to make proposals“.