National planning Commission and the building allowed the holding of «ICL Le-Yisrael» to start development located near the Arad phosphate deposits «ETS Barir».
Against the development of the field was made by the residents of Arad, the village Kseife and unrecognized Bedouin villages of the Negev, and the Ministry of health.
Permission was granted for a period of one year with the consent of the Ministry of environment and other ministries. The decision will be communicated to the regional planning Commission and the development of the southern district for the preparation of the detailed plan.
The phosphate reserves in the Deposit Make Barir estimated at $ 60 billion. According to opponents of the development, because of its negative impact on the environment in Arad and the surrounding area will increase morbidity and mortality.