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US News Greenpeace denounces the Israeli accusation of an Iranian "environmental attack"

02:00  06 march  2021
02:00  06 march  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Greenpeace Israel criticizes the Jewish state's accusations against Iran regarding the oil spill that has plagued the country's coastline in recent weeks. The Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection has pointed to the responsibility of the Islamic Republic in this ecological disaster, going so far as to refer to an "environmental attack". But even Israeli intelligence does not seem to share this assumption.

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For Jonathan Aikhenbaum, director of Greenpeace Israel, using a terrible ecological disaster for political ends is simply scandalous.

"The Minister of the Environment Gila Gamliel, two weeks before the general elections, wanted to give a headline by saying" Iran carried out an attack against Israel. It is an environmental attack. " And it is above all trivializing what is for us something very serious, that is to say an environmental crime. »

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For this environmental activist, the Israeli authorities point out the Iranians as culprits, rather than questioning their own energy policy largely turned towards hydrocarbons.

"Point the finger at Iran while on the other hand the Israeli government announces a fairly large number of oil infrastructures and also for the sale of gas, especially to Europe, well that's all just focus on what is not the real problem, ”adds Jonathan Aikhenbaum.

The statements of the Minister of Environmental Protection would have even taken the Israeli security services by surprise. According to one of the country's main television stations, intelligence reports so far have no evidence of an act of "environmental terrorism."

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A petition denounces the cutting of oaks to rebuild Notre-Dame de Paris .
© Jean-François Monier / AFP “A century-old tree is part of our heritage and represents an ecosystem all by itself; our land is in danger, our forests are suffering from global warming, this choice is incomprehensible ", say the signatories of this petition which denounces the felling of oaks. Wood experts colloquially call this the “ Dogmatix reflex”.

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