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A stunning 90% of Israel’s water is recycled

Posted by Tip Staff - December 14, 2016


 

Almost nine-tenths of Israeli wastewater is purified and used in irrigation, making it a world leader by far, according to a Water Authority report. Spain, the second-place country, recycles only 20 percent of its wastewater, compared to Israel’s 87 percent.
Israel is also a role model in desalination, and is set to assist Egypt in a series of large-scale economic projects, including the “desalinization of seawater to address concerns over water levels in the Nile River, which could lead to a dramatic shortage of water available for drinking and irrigation.” Israel is a pioneer in desalination and has, according to The New York Times, “become the world leader in recycling and reusing wastewater for agriculture.
By contrast, when the European Union and UNICEF proposed building a desalination plant in the Gaza Strip to provide 75,000 Palestinians with drinking water, it was vehemently rejected on the grounds that it was “perpetuating the status quo while accommodating the occupation.”

 

The Syrian government and its Russian backers resumed bombarding rebel-held neighborhoods of eastern Aleppo after a ceasefire, which would have allowed for the safe passage of rebels and civilians out of the city, collapsed Wednesday. Opposition leaders and civilians inside the city said that the deal fell apart because Iran, a staunch supporter of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, was annoyed that it had not been consulted by the agreement's brokers, Russia and Turkey. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said, “The way this deal was dangled in front of this battered and beleaguered population – causing them to hope they might indeed live to see another day – and then snatched away just half a day later is…outrageously cruel.” He added that the bombardment “of an area packed with civilians…likely constitutes war crimes.”Mohamed al-Ahmed, a radiologist in the city, said it was his hope that the world would hear “our final scream from the last free neighborhoods in Aleppo.” Ahmed continued, “The agreement has been broken…Hundreds of shells have fallen on us. People who were supposed to leave were attacked.” The New York Times reported, “The disagreement could provide cover for what the Syrian government has wanted to do along: finish off the enclave with force.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani congratulated Assad on his victory Wednesday, to which Assad responded that Iran had stood “on the side of the Syrian people and government in its most difficult moments, and we will not forget it.”
Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the UN, condemned the Syrian government, Russia, and Iran using strong language on Tuesday: “Aleppo will join the ranks of those events in world history that define modern evil, that stain our conscience decades later. Halabja, Rwanda, Srebrenica, and, now, Aleppo.” She continued, “To the Assad regime, Russia, and Iran, your forces and proxies are carrying out these crimes. Your barrel bombs and mortars and airstrikes have allowed the militias in Aleppo to encircle tens of thousands of civilians in your ever-tightening noose...Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin?”
The New Yorker referred to Aleppo as “Syria’s Stalingrad,” referring to the city in Russia that was completely devastated during the Second World War in a ferocious battle between the German Wehrmacht and the Soviet Red Army. The lights of Paris’ Eiffel Tower were shut off Wednesday night as a “gesture of support for the besieged inhabitants of Aleppo.”

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the president of Kazakhstan for his friendship while visiting the Muslim-majority country on Wednesday, and enlisted his help with securing Israel a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Speaking at a joint press conference at President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s residence in Akorda, Netanyahu said that relations between the two nations serve as an “example of Muslim-Jewish cooperation … that reverberates throughout the world.”
“Our relations with our Muslim Arab neighbors are changing dramatically. Not all of [it] is public, some of it is, but it’s changing dramatically. And I view the relations with Kazakhstan as being part of this great change that the world is waiting for,” added the Israeli prime minister, the first to ever visit the Central Asian nation.
Netanyahu then asked Nazarbayev to back Israel’s petition for a rotating seat on the influential Security Council in 2019. “You know that we supported Kazakhstan’s successful bid to be in the Security Council. Now if you want a real change in the world, imagine the State of Israel on the Security Council of the United Nations – that’s a change,” he said.
Kazakhstan will begin serving its two-year term on the council in January.
Israel first publicized its intention to seek a Security Council seat after its 2005 disengagement from the Gaza Strip, which was welcomed by the UN, Herb Keinon and Yossi Melman explained in The Jerusalem Post. At the time, then-Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom indicated that Israel was hoping to secure a spot on the council in 2019.
Netanyahu’s trip to Kazakhstan comes on the heels of his visit to Azerbaijan on Tuesday, where he similarly praised Muslim and Jewish regional cooperation.

 

ISIS’ affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula, Sinai Province, has announced that its liaison to Hamas in the neighboring Gaza Strip has been killed, although it did not specify how he died. It is thought that the liaison, Hashem Abdel Aileh Kishtah, was smuggled into Sinai via tunnels from Gaza to train operatives there in the use of anti-tank missiles and explosives.
The ISIS-linked Amaq news agency claimed on Tuesday that Israel had carried out three strikes against its affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula over the previous three days. The strikes occurred in northern Sinai, near El Arish and Sheikh Zuweid. Israel did not respond to the claims. Rocket warning sirens went off in southern Israel Tuesday morning. No rocket reached Israel, but the IDF believes it landed short and exploded in Sinai.
ISIS and Hamas have a history of collaborating across the Gaza-Sinai border. Avi Issacharoff of The Times of Israel reported in August that their “cooperation has seen injured IS fighters routinely brought into the Strip for treatment, alongside ongoing weapons smuggling over the border.” Furthermore, he continued, “Egyptian sources say they were likely smuggled into Gaza via tunnels...that facilitate the connection between the two Islamist terror groups.”
Hamas provides “tens of thousands” of dollars per month to ISIS in Sinai—money deliberately earmarked for securing weapons shipments. Hamas trains ISIS fighters in planting deadly IEDs and firing lethal anti-tank missiles, and has smuggled weaponry across the border into Sinai. Top level officials from both organizations cross borders to coordinate their activities. Hamas terrorists have joined ISIS in Sinai and at least one senior Hamas official has been killed fighting alongside ISIS. In another dispatch in July, Issacharoff classified the relationship between Hamas and ISIS’s Sinai Province as one of “close cooperation.” Hamas has also launched drones to spy on Egyptian troop movements in Sinai along the Gaza border, part of an effort to “keep smuggling routes open between Sinai and Gaza. These routes are vital to Hamas on one side of the border, and Islamic State on the other.”
The mutual defense concerns shared by Israel and Egypt have led to “unprecedented” intelligence and security cooperation between the two countries.


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