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  6/20/2005, Sivan 13, 5765

Interior Minister Declares New National Parks


(IsraelNN.com) Interior Minister Ofer Paz has signed orders authorizing the establishment of two new national parks and the enlargement of a nature reserve.

The new parks are at Tel Hai in the north and Migdal Tzedek in the center of the country near Afek. The Har Meron nature reserved has been enlarged.

Paz has been active in declaring new national parks and reserves since taking office when the Labor party joined the coalition a few months ago. One of his more controversial decisions was to declare the Nitzanim sand dunes a nature reserve in order to prevent the area from being used to house Jewish refugees from Gush Katif.