Israel’s first large-scale sea wave power plant has been built on the Jaffa port’s breakwater near Tel Aviv (Honey Garcia, “Wave power unit installed in Israel’s Jaffa port”, EcoSeed (29 July 2010)[1]). Constructed by Tel Aviv-based SDE Energy Limited, the wave power plant is an initial step in a planned 60-megawatt project.

“SDE’s system uses buoys set up on a breakwater that are moved up and down by the waves. The buoys’ movements generate hydraulic pressure, which is then transformed into electricity,” reports Garcia. “The device has about 10 percent of its system submerged in the waters while 90 percent of its body is on land. This lessens the system’s vulnerability to storms and other natural disasters, the company said.”

According to the company, construction cost is as little as twenty percent that of power stations using other sources of energy, while electricity production costs are also extremely low. “There was an intensive interest in SDE’s unique technology even before SDE had an operational model; however, now, when SDE has an operational model, I believe the development and growth of the company will be unstoppable”, says Inna Braverman, SDE’s international marketing and business development manager.

The company also hopes that other Israeli ports, such as Haifa, Herzeliyah and Ashdod, will allow it to set up wave power plants on their breakwaters and other potential locations. “A recent study by Frost and Sullivan[2] estimated that global wave energy resources can produce up to 6,000 terawatthours of clean energy every year, twice what nuclear power can”, concludes Garcia.

Israel continues to amaze the world by developing and applying technological solutions to the problems of contemporary life. But few perceive that the most amazing thing about Israel is that it exists at all, and it is the great and sure sign encouraging us that Christ is to return soon (Luke 21:28–31).

New entrance to the Western Wall

Planning has begun to expand the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem and construct an underground passageway to provide access to this most significant Jewish site (Nir Hasson, ‘J’lem considers tunnel entry to Western Wall Plaza’)[3]. Currently, the Western Wall receives 8 million visitors a year and numbers are expected to increase in the future.

Access by the tunnel would replace the current entry by the Dung Gate and include improved security screening of visitors. The plan prepared by architect Gavriel Kertesz, provides for the display of archaeological exhibits along the walls of the tunnel.

Although planning is in the initial stages, already there are critics from interested groups including, of course, Islamic organisations. “This whole area is a powder keg”, said Ezri Levi, coordinator of the project and a former head of the Jerusalem Development Authority. “There will always be someone who will complain.”

Moslems are concerned that any work in the Western Wall precinct may adversely affect the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and complain that they have not been consulted during planning. “The program is not in line with the sensitivity and importance of this site”, said Kais Nasser, the attorney representing a number of Islamic groups. Jewish groups have raised issues such as enlarging the women’s section, and the planners have suggested that a movable divider between the men’s and women’s sections may be a solution.

But the time is coming when not only Jews but people from all nations will come to worship at Jerusalem (Zech 8:22). Then Jerusalem will no longer be a place of complaining and contention, but of blessing to all the people of the earth (Isa 11:9–10).

Reference

[1] http://www.ecoseed.org/en/general-green-news/renewable-

energy/water-power/wave-and-tidal-energy/7689

[2] http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/press-release.

pag?docid=205725055

[3] http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/j-lem-considerstunnel-

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