Israel's State Comptroller is inspecting the argument regarding the security aspect that led to the decision to move Leviathan gas platform just 10 km away from the Israeli shore, in contrast to the original plan to build it above the gas well, 125 km from shore. Growing social protest of citizens and NGO organizations raises disturbing questions and serious concerns as to the safety of the gas platform.
The final trigger for opening the investigation was an argument made by the Israeli government, that the decision to build Leviathan closer to the shore was influenced by security considerations. In response, the Defense Minister at that time, Moshe "Bogie" Ya'alon, said that the Ministry of Defence was never asked to advise the government in that matter.
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Amid bitter opposition from environmentalists and others, the State Comptroller is looking into the extent to which security concerns were relevant to the government's decision to locate the processing platform for Israel's largest natural gas field just 10 kilometers, or 6.2 miles, from the shores of central Israel, The Times of Israel has learned.