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The Daily TIP: How an Israeli Solar Solution Can Benefit the U.S. and the World

Posted by Tip Staff - September 21, 2018

How an Israeli Solar Solution Can Benefit the U.S. and the World
Israel Cuts Funds to PA Over Fuld Murder; Survivor Says Terrorist “Wanted an American”
Amb. Haley: Iran's "Fingerprints" on Every Conflict in the Middle East
Religious Organization Driving Increase of Living Kidney Donations in Israel

How an Israeli Solar Solution Can Benefit the U.S. and the World

America is undergoing a quiet clean-energy revolution. Renewable resources such as solar, wind, hydro- and nuclear power produce more than a third of the country’s energy, and this sector is growing at a rate several times faster than the national economy. Many would be surprised to learn that this revolution has its roots in research done in the 1950s in Israel, where home use of solar energy has been the norm for decades. As we seek alternative sources of energy to power our society, policymakers should look to Israel for concrete ideas on utilizing solar-based innovations to reduce our carbon footprint and help average Americans reduce their bills.

It was an Israeli scientist who figured out how to harness the sun’s rays and convert them into usable energy. Harry Zvi Tabor transformed how humans utilize energy and will be remembered as the father of solar power.

In 1949 Tabor, a young physicist, immigrated to Israel from Great Britain. As the first director of Israel’s National Physics Laboratory, he started thinking about research and development possibilities. Solar energy, he decided, was a good place to start. “In a country with no raw materials and no fuel, the sun was an obvious thing,” says Tabor. “But it wasn’t obvious to anybody else. At that time, harnessing solar energy generally was considered an activity of cranks.”

Tabor knew the only substance that could capture and maintain a considerable amount of heat was polished metal, but the devices on the market used only ordinary metal. Tabor’s solution was to blacken the metal without destroying the properties that allow it to retain heat. With a bit of luck and hard work, he discovered which coatings would yield the desired result.

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Israel Cuts Funds to PA Over Fuld Murder; Survivor Says Terrorist “Wanted an American”

Israel will deduct funds sent to the family of Palestinian terrorist Khalil Jabarin, who murdered dual American-Israeli citizen Ari Fuld on Sunday, from aid earmarked for transfer to the Palestinian Authority, The Algemeiner reported Friday. A survivor of the Sunday attack said that the terrorist appeared to be targeting Americans.

Fuld, a prominent advocate of Israel and father of four, was stabbed to death on Sunday outside a supermarket in the West Bank city of Efrat, south of Jerusalem.

Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced the decision to withhold funds on Friday, saying he was looking for “additional ways to limit the economic activities of the terrorist’s family.”

Earlier this week, PA Prisoner Affairs’ Commission spokesman Hassan Abd Rabbo confirmed that the Jabarin family was “eligible to receive a monthly salary of $390” under the PA’s Pay-to-Slay scheme. In its 2018 budget, the PA devoted $355 million to pay terrorists and their families.

Meanwhile, The Times of Israel reported that Hila Peretz, a woman who worked in a local falafel store, confirmed that the terrorist “must have wanted an American.”

“After he came inside and ordered his falafel, he asked me two separate times if I spoke English,” recalled Peretz. “I told him ‘no,’ and asked him what it was that he wanted.”

Perez continued: “The terrorist was right behind me…I started running down the stairs, but he jumped to try to get in front of me. The man that was killed really saved my life.”

Amb. Haley: Iran's "Fingerprints" on Every Conflict in the Middle East

"For almost 40 years, the Iranian regime has existed outside the community of law-abiding nations," United State Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said at the opening of this week's UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East. "It is difficult to name a conflict in the Middle East that does not have Iran’s fingerprints on it."

In her speech, Haley reiterated a theme she has sounded since she was first appointed ambassador, that Israel, despite the disproportionate attention and condemnation it receives at the UN, is not the primary cause of turmoil in the Middle East.

While she acknowledged that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is worthy of the Security Council's attention, Haley asserted, "if there is one country that is the source of conflict and instability in the Middle East – one country that merits a quarterly debate in the Security Council – that country is not Israel. It’s Iran."

Iran, Haley charged, "has trampled on the sovereignty of its neighbors," including Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. In particular, the ambassador pointed out that Iran has lately taken to preventing Iraq from asserting sovereignty over its own territory.

At the end of her remarks, Haley noted that respecting sovereignty of nations is an important part of the work done at the UN. Iran, however, she said, "is acting in shameless disregard of Iraqi sovereignty."

Iranian violations of Iraqi sovereignty, she said, will destabilize Iraq just as Iran has done in "Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and across the Middle East." Haley concluded by calling on all those who support self-determination for the Iraqi people to "come to their defense."

Religious Organization Driving Increase of Living Kidney Donations in Israel

The number of live kidney transplants performed per year in Israel has nearly tripled since 2010. A new research paper co-authored by Prof. Meni Koslowsky, a psychology professor at Ariel and Bar-Ilan universities, claims that the majority of that growth is coming from the Orthodox Jewish population.

Koslowsky and his colleagues wonder whether the results can be replicated in other countries through similar faith-based initiatives.

Live transplants are greatly preferred over donations from someone who has died. The transplant can be planned and the number of kidneys available can be increased through educational and outreach programs.

The need for such an increase jumped in 2008 when an international agreement known as the Declaration of Istanbul came out in support of prohibiting organ trafficking and “transplant tourism.”

The Istanbul Declaration resulted in a decrease in the number of Israelis obtaining kidney transplants overseas and a subsequent increase in the number of patients on the waiting list.

Religious Israelis have long had an ambivalent relationship to the concept of organ donation. Historically, many (although not all) rabbinic authorities rejected the use of organs for transplantation from deceased donors. At the same time, most rabbis encourage living kidney donation.

Nonprofit organization Matnat Chaim (“Gift of Life” in English) was established in 2009 to educate potential donors from the Orthodox Jewish community on the risks and benefits of “altruistic” (that is, non-obligatory) live kidney donation.

On a budget of just $1 million a year, Matnat Chaim has advertised on radio, television, in newspapers, and on the Internet. The organization helps donors navigate the health system and refers them to physicians with particular experience in advising kidney donors.

(via Israel21c)

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