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Delays in Nuclear Power Development Endanger Israel, Technion Head Warns

Gen. Amos Horev, president of the Haifa Technion, warned last night that delays in the development of nuclear power in energy poor Israel have grave implications for the country’s stability and national security. Addressing the annual convention of the Technion’s Board of Governors, Horev said the situation warrants a serious reappraisal.

He noted that Israel’s first nuclear power plant was to have been dedicated this year. “But we failed and whatever the reasons for our failure were, the fact remains that we have lost another decode in our national energy crisis,” Horev said.

He observed in that connection that many underdeveloped countries were well ahead of Israel in planning and operating nuclear power systems. The Board of Governors, consisting of some 300 members from seven countries, convened under the chairmanship of Evelyn de Rothschild of Britain.