(JNS.org) Israel’s environmental minister slammed the Palestinians for attempting to politicize a United Nations conference on climate change.
During his address to the conference Wednesday in Marrakech, Morocco, Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah accused Israel of polluting and destroying the environment in the West Bank by constructing factories. Hamdallah called on the international community to investigate Israel’s actions and even went as far as to say that Israel is harming the environment to directly harm Palestinians.
Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who was also attending the U.N. gathering, flatly denied those allegations and criticized the Palestinians for politicizing the climate conference.
"It is such a shame that the Palestinians used this platform to attack [Israel] and make absurd, groundless allegations,” Elkin said.
“I could provide you with many examples, but I will just give one from last month: The Palestinians are attempting to build a cement factory on a nature reserve. This is being promoted by the Palestinian Authority for the simple reason that it serves the interests of Abu Mazen's (PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s) sons,” he said.
Elkin added regarding the PA-initiated cement factory that Palestinian civilians "even turned to us, the Israelis, for help because the [Palestinian] Authority is not helping them" on that environmental issue.