The new Tayibe Space Center, located in the Arab-Israeli town of Tayibe, which was officially inaugurated on Tuesday, will not bear the name of Israel's first astronaut Ilan Ramon, even that it got about $13,500 dontation by the Ramon Foundation.
Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi had asked Science Minister Daniel Hershkowitz to avoid naming the new center in the Arab-Israeli town after the late astronaut, arguing that Ramon took part in the first Lebanon war.
It was eventually decided to downplay the astronaut's name, with the facility's sign reading "'Tayibe Space Center' – in memory of astronaut Ilan Ramon."
During Tuesday's inauguration ceremony, Hershkowitz denied applying any changes to space center's name .
"Ilan Ramon was the only Israeli astronaut, and the center was established in his memory," Hershkowitz said. "I believe this center can increase cooperation and fraternity betw
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