Zionist officials and organizations voiced concerns over ammonia threat declared by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah.
Talks of removing the dangerous ammonia tank in Haifa came to light following Sayyed Nasrallah threat, with the possibility of a leak of poisonous gas from the plant poses an extreme hazard for tens of thousands of Israelis.
In a speech marking Hezbollah’s Martyr Leaders, Sayyed Nasrallah said Tuesday that “our rockets combined with the ammonia storage facility in Haifa will create the effect of a nuclear weapon.”Ammonia plant in Haifa
His eminence was responding to a threat made by top Israeli general Gadi Eisenkot who threatened to completely destroy Beirut’s southern suburb (Dahiyeh) in any future Israeli war.
Israeli “Greencourse” organization said that there is nothing new concerning the danger posed by Haifa’s ammonia, stressing that Sayyed Nasrallah’s threat is actual.
“Nasrallah’s remarks endanger the lives of million people. Targeting an ammonia tank is multiplied fatal danger as it could cause not estimated harm,” the organization said, urging the direct removal of the ammonia tank.
For its part, “Greenpeace Israel” organization said that Sayyed Nasrallah’s threat could become a possible scary nightmare, calling for halting the expansion of refineries and other petro-chemical projects in Haifa.
In a half sarcastic statement after Nasrallah’s speech on Tuesday, the city of Haifa “thanked” the Hezbollah leader for bringing up the issue, expressing hopes it would lead to the government taking action to remove the dangerous tank.
“We will continue to fight with all the means at our disposal for the safety and health of residents of the north. We do not think that the country should be run according to Nasrallah’s haughty speeches, but we are happy that he is assisting in bringing this most important and worrying issue to the agenda,” the city said.
On the other hand, Israeli Environment Minister Avi Gabai vowed to work on transfer the huge ammonia plant from the northern port city.
“The ammonia tank is an environmental and security risk. We are working to remove the dangerous tank from Haifa through the establishment of an ammonia production plant in the south, and we will accept proposals from bidders to build the plant at the end of March.”
Earlier in 2013, then-Environment Minister Amir Peretz declared that he will act to urgently remove the huge ammonia plant from Haifa