Betzet Beach in northern Israel. (YouTube screenshot)

Isreal - Appeals committee rules against holiday village on Sea of Galilee beach

Decision follows earlier one to prohibit building on Palmachim Beach between Ashdod and Bat Yam as authorities look to preserve open coastal areas

A planning committee has ruled against allowing construction of a holiday resort,  on Betzet Beach in the western Galilee in northern Israel, the second such project to be rejected in recent days as authorities  look to preserve open coastal areas.

The ruling by the planning committee on Tuesday comes days after a court ruled against construction of a holiday resort and conference center on the popular Palmachim beach between Ashdod and Bat Yam.

Initial approval of a plan for a holiday village on Betzet Beach was given some 30 years ago, but nothing was built. Several developers tried to revive the idea over recent years, but came up against opposition from environmental activists, supported by the Israel Parks and Nature Authority and the Environmental Protection Ministry.

The latest developer to try his luck was Herzl Tzioni. The plan he put forward last year was to build single-story wooden bungalows 100 meters (110 yards) from the Mediterranean Sea on a plot of land occupied by a former, abandoned, holiday village.

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