The idea, according to the state’s Ministry of Economy, is to compete with Silicon Valley.
The Defense Ministry filed a civil suit this week for about 100,000 shekels ($29,000) against a Bedouin cowherd whose cows entered a firing zone near the Tze’elim army base in the Negev, forcing the army to stop training. According to the Southern District prosecution, which represents the Defense Ministry, this is the first time the state has sued for financial compensation over such an incident.
Israel is hoping the new airport will help boost tourism to Eilat. A number of foreign carriers have already launched winter flights to the Ovda military airfield 60 km from Eilat for Europeans seeking a warmer climate.
An Israeli team, backed by Israeli occupation police and special forces broke into the village earlier today and threatened Yousif al-Zayadnah of demolishing his home and force him to cover the cost of the demolishing process if he declined to do that himself, the source added.