Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to postpone the installation of windmills in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights at the request of the spiritual head of the Druze community in Israel, Sheikh Mowaffak Tarif.
A statement released by the Israel Prime Minister’s Office said: “Netanyahu had a conversation with the Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Muwafak Tarif and told him to accept his request and refrain from resuming work (on the construction of wind turbines). on the Golan Heights until the end of Eid al-Adha.”
The Prime Minister’s Office added that the decision was made on the recommendation of the leadership of the General Security Service and the Israeli Police.
Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir expressed his disagreement with the decision and wrote a social media post saying: “I appreciate and love the prime minister, but our problem is to be lenient with the rebels in the Golan Heights and do not apply the law strictly.
Earlier last week, thousands of Druze farmers from the villages of Majdal Shams, Masada and Ein Kinya in the Golan Heights engaged in violent clashes with Israeli security forces to protest the construction of dozens of wind turbines on their land. The protests lasted two days. and there were casualties on both sides.
And in June, Israeli renewable energy company Inlight began testing the first of 39 wind turbines as part of the Genesis Golan Heights wind project, which will be Israel’s largest renewable energy project.
Inlight Renewable Energy said the project will be completed by September to save 207 megawatts, cover the annual electricity consumption of 70,000 households and reduce annual carbon emissions by 180,000 tons.