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New environment minister has ambitious plans for Israel

New Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg has announced some lofty goals, including raising the target for renewable energy to 40% by 2030.

Israel's new minister of environmental protection, Tamar Zandberg of Meretz, has a very clear agenda. She had said that once she entered office, she would wage fierce fights over environmental issues, including some that could cause friction within the ideologically diverse new government or even with neighboring states.

She genuinely wanted this position and fought to get it. In a June 15 speech upon entering the ministry, she said that the new government must put environmental protection at the top of its agenda and at the center of of its activities. She wants to see Israel take environmental protection measures up a notch in recognition of the urgency of the climate crisis.

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