Minister of Environmental Protection, Gila Gamliel said, "Our new program is Win-Win, in which we replace carcinogenic asbestos with renewable energy with environmental and economic gain.”
Gamliel noted that the Environmental Protection Ministry has been moving towards reducing its use of fossil fuels to "reduce air pollution and the resulting morbidity and mortality."
The Environmental Protection Ministry noted that efforts were being made to clean up the affected beaches and that additional updates will come in as the storm weakens.
The Environmental Protection Ministry has estimated that the amount that washed up is a small amount of what is still in the ocean: 1,200 tons.
Politicians on both the right and left agree urgent action needed.
Officials in the Mossad and the IDF have distanced themselves from Gamliel's claims that terrorism was the cause of the oil spill.
Sources in the defense establishment said they were not familiar with Gamliel’s claim that the oil spill was the result of terrorism
The practice of turning off tracking systems is commonly done by Iranian vessels to avoid detection for violating the trade embargo with Syria.
The decision to censor the details was described by Israeli media as "irregular."
Tar pollution event proves to be a “large scale and very severe one which inflicts a lot of damage” Nature and Parks Authority head Shaul Goldstein said.