In his book The Miner, Gary Wirth describes how he was approached by a mining company that wanted to mine for gold in the northern parts of the country.
“They wanted to open up a mine, but it would have to be a mine for minerals,” he says.
“If it was a mine that was going to mine gold, there’d have to have to also be a mining industry to take that gold.”
In the years following the 1973 war, when Israel’s economy began to recover from the ravages of the war, the country’s mining industry grew.
In 1978, Israel’s gold production was estimated at around 60,000 tonnes.
In the years that followed, Israel would mine up to 2.7 million tonnes of gold each year.
In 2010, that was down to just over 200,000 troy ounces.
The country’s most significant mining company was Golan Industries, which was founded by a group of businessmen in the late 1970s.
Its first mine, in 1982, produced about 800 tonnes of copper.
By the early 1990s, Golan had more than 100 mines in the country, employing about 15,000 people.
“It was an enormous industry that went by the name of Golan,” Wirth says.
“There was a huge amount of money invested in it.
The company had all these people and they were able to invest a lot of money in it.”
The first Golan mine in Israel opened in 1981, producing 1.5 million troy ounce.
Today, there are around 150 active mines.
In addition to the Golan mines, there is a Golan Gold mine in the Negev, a Gola Gold mine and a Gela Gold mine, and the Gola copper mine in Gaza.
Golan’s copper mine is one of the most productive in the world, with an estimated yearly production of 1.7 billion troy oz.
Golan also owns a copper mine located in the central Negevin region of the West Bank.
In 2015, Gora Copper Mine was awarded a contract for the construction of an 8-kilometre (5-mile) copper pipe to transport copper to a Gora gold mine in Jordan.
The pipe is expected to be operational by 2020.
Gora has invested over $2 billion in Israel and has invested in new copper mines.
Its current gold mine produces 2.6 million tyr of gold.
Wirth says that Golan has “always been very active” in the mining sector, particularly in the last two decades.
“They’ve been very successful and they’ve had some very high-profile successes.
The companies that were there before Golan were very successful.
But Golan was very successful in the beginning.”
The company’s most successful mining projects were those that were funded by foreign aid.
In 1995, it was reported that the government of Israel was willing to give $400 million to the company to build two copper mines in southern Israel.
In 2004, the company also received $400m to build another copper mine.
Today there are at least 40 copper mines operating in the area.
The Golan copper mine has a daily production of up to 8,000 ounces of copper and has a copper production rate of over 300 tonnes per day.
Golan’s copper output is currently being increased to 2,500 tonnes per year.
Wirth is not alone in his views.
The Israeli mining industry has been plagued by problems in recent years, especially in the wake of the 2014 earthquake and subsequent shut down of the Gela mine.
In 2014, the Ministry of Economy and Industry declared the Gordan copper mine to be “in danger” and declared it to be an “economic disaster”.
The closure of the mine caused economic havoc for the community, and forced many people to move away.
Gordan has since reopened, but its current copper production rates are much lower than before the shutdown.
Despite the difficulties facing the Golans, they continue to operate the mine.
According to Golan, there have been “a few” incidents of incidents.
“The main issue that has come up is the mine being used as a dumping ground,” Wirth says.
However, Goliad Gold, the Israeli mining company, says it does not tolerate any form of illegal activity, including the illegal dumping of copper into the sea.
“In a nutshell, it’s a legal mine,” Golan says.
While Golan insists it has a zero-tolerance policy towards the illegal use of the site, it has recently been accused of having an agreement with the Palestinian Authority to mine in areas near the Westbank.
“I don’t know if this is the intention of the ministry of economy and industry, but the company has not only a contract with the PA but a contract on the spot to mine on land belonging to the Palestinian people,” Wireth says, adding that Golan does not accept this arrangement.
“We have always been very