reported by BNP via the Genesis Review
Holes being dug in Gerar Valley have environmentalist groups, local residents, and the government oligarchy all battling about who has legal prerogative in these circumstances. The holes are previously functional wells being excavated by Isaac & Company, a large ranching operation in the area.
All of the wells were filled with dirt several years ago by competing Philistine outfits. The owner of Isaac & Company, Isaac Hebrew, says he is surprised at all the attention. He is just trying to provide water for his animals.
Those citing concern for the environment are forming two camps. One group takes the position that the digging is disrupting the established habitat and plant life. The other faction is lobbying for special wetlands designation once the wells are flowing.
Both sides do agree that the private company doing all the work should pay higher taxes. A company spokesman has tried to point out that fresh water and open spaces for domestic animals are purportedly also concerns of these environmental groups, but he is largely ignored.
Ethnic Philistine residents of Gerar are filing for tribal rights to the land. The ruling governmental oligarchy is reviewing the claims. Non-Philistine land owners are disputing Philistine assertions; and the oligarchy’s declaration that it has jurisdiction to give away private property.
Experts say that private property has no political appeal. Meanwhile, the price of meat continues to go up.
(for further information see Genesis 26:14-35)