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Haifa Mayor Tries to Annex Offshore Drilling Sites – Seriously!

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'Tamar'  gas rig off Israel's Mediterranean coast.

'Tamar' gas rig off Israel's Mediterranean coast.
Photo Credit: Nobel Energy/Flash 90

At first we thought the article in Globes was a joke, but it turns out its not.

Haifa’s mayor, Yona Yahav, petitioned the Ministry of the Interior to expand his city’s boundaries an additional 90 kilometers west of the shoreline, which would then place the Tamar and Dalit gas field within his city limits, and thus subject to Arnona (city tax).

While the gas fields are inside Israel exclusive economic zone (EEZ), it’s considered to be outside the territorial boundaries of the state.

Yahav told Globes that he is still waiting for an answer.

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  1. Stanley Roth says:

    It must be a Purim spiel!

  2. Eva Feld says:

    there we go again! Tax, money counts, Israel hits riches and the wealth get collected within "city limits" instead of nationally. Did Haifa dig for the well? No! It iis a national treasurer. Al t'ba-zezoo et a osher!

  3. TomTuna says:

    Can’t blame the guy for trying… he just needs to build more hotels and bars and take what he can get.

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