Two artificial islands, each a square-kilometre in size, could soon be given the go-ahead for construction off Israel’s Mediterranean coast. One would house a new international airport, the other a new city of homes and businesses.



Even at an estimated cost of $1 billion each, the islands could be a cost-effective solution to the high demand for living and office space around Tel Aviv, say the islands’ backers. But local environmentalists are unimpressed.

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