“In Israel, we turn a blind eye to the sea,” said the retired Israeli Navy Rear Admiral Shore Choref, who is now in charge of the Maritime Policy and Strategic Research Center of the University of Haifa. “Our activities have always focused on frustrating terrorist activities, but this is not the entire picture of maritime security.”
General Choref said that to prevent future oil spills from reaching the coastline, not only does Israel need to invest in satellites and other tracking equipment, but it also needs to assign a government agency specifically responsible for monitoring and containing the ecological disasters on its coast.
Maya Jacobs, head of Zalul, said: “This should be a wake-up call.” The organization advocates the preservation of water bodies in Israel and its surrounding areas, a country that relies heavily on desalinated water. “We must immediately strengthen supervision of drilling rigs and transition to the use of renewable energy.”
The Prime Minister’s Office in Lebanon said that the tar reached the southern coast of the country. It also claimed that the oil spill originated from an Israeli ship, but did not provide evidence to support this claim.
Yasser al-Shanti, director of the Gaza Water Authority, said no oil has entered the beaches of Gaza, but officials are tracking the situation.
Environmentalist Moshiko Saadi spent a lot of time on Tuesday helping clean up the beaches in northern Israel. He said he felt “sad” about the universality of tar.
Mr. Saadi said: “So many people are cleaning and filling the bags quickly.” “But when you look up, you will find a lot of things everywhere. It will make you feel helpless.”