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The Daily TIP: Tower Interview with Avi Jorisch, Author of Thou Shalt Innovate

Posted by Tip Staff - March 12, 2018

Tower Interview with Avi Jorisch, Author of Thou Shalt Innovate
British Historian: Israel Provides a Needed “Safe Haven” for Jews
Iran Sentenced UK Citizen to Six-Year Term for Spying
Israel Sends Generators to Assist Papua New Guinea in Wake of Earthquake


Tower Interview with Avi Jorisch, Author of Thou Shalt Innovate

Earlier today we published the chapter from Avi Jorisch's recently published book Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World. Jorisch agreed to a brief interview with The Tower to provide further insight into Israeli technology that could spare millions from thirst and starvation.

How does Israel's water technology sophistication help diplomatically, esp. with Africa, India?

Let me start by pointing out that Israel is no longer reliant on the weather or on its neighbors for its water needs. It achieved this by combining all available technologies to save as much water as possible. While the country is 60 percent desert, in 2013 it announced it had achieved water independence through smart planning and innovative thinking: desalinizing sea water, reusing treated sewage for agriculture, creating software that warns authorities about leaks, implementing drip irrigation techniques and accounting for every drop of water.

But perhaps above all, the secret of Israel’s success in becoming a water superpower is directly tied to charging users the real cost of water and mandating that authorities spend 100 percent of all water and sewage fees on water-related infrastructure maintenance.

Israel’s water technology is now being used in over 150 countries - including some that have no formal ties with the Jewish state. For example, IDE has built the largest desalinization plants in China and India. Amazing organizations like Innovation: Africa have brought Israeli water technology to remote African villages.

To read the complete interview, please click here.



British Historian: Israel Provides a Needed “Safe Haven” for Jews

On Sunday, London-based historian and journalist Jeremy Havardi featured as a guest on The Israel Project’s podcast ‘Tipping Point’ to talk about his new book “Refuting the Anti-Israel Narrative: A Case for the Historical, Legal and Moral Legitimacy of the Jewish State,” arguing, in part, that there is “a need for a Jewish safe haven in the world.”

In the book, Havardi lays out his justifications for the Jewish state, tackles its problems with the Palestinians, and shares his insight on Israel’s cutting-edge innovations.

Elaborating on the three pillars which cement Israel’s existence, he said that the Jewish State’s legitimacy is first of all grounded in history. “The Jewish people’s attachment to the land of Israel is longer than that of any other people,” Havardi said. “The attachment goes back thousands of years.”

He went on to talk about international agreements that confirmed Israel’s right to exist, the second pillar of his argument. The Palestine Mandate of 1921 established the Jewish right to self-determination as per decision of the League of Nation’s 51 member states, which was subsequently confirmed in the United Nations Charter.

Finally, Havardi made the moral case for Israel’s existence. There is “a need for a Jewish safe haven in the world,” he stated. “Before the State of Israel existed there was the most appalling persecution, discrimination, and violence against Jews in many countries across the world.”



Iran Sentenced UK Citizen to Six-Year Term for Spying

Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi, Tehran's top prosecutor, announced that the Iranian regime had sentenced a British national to a six-year term in prison for espionage, The Guardian reported Sunday.

Jafari-Dolatabadi told the Mizan news agency, which is affiliated with the judiciary, that the dual British-Iranian citizen was sentenced as an "agent of England’s intelligence service."

The individual was also under investigation for a case involving a private bank. No other details were made public.

Reuters reported in November that over 30 dual nationals had been jailed by the regime since the conclusion of a nuclear deal in 2015.

Two other dual British-Iranian citizens are known to be imprisoned by the regime, Kamal Foroughi, a 78-year-old businessman, and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a Reuters Foundation employee, who was arrested and separated from her toddler at the airport in April 2016, as she prepared to leave Iran after visiting with her parents.

Foroughi was charged with espionage and alcohol possession and Zaghari-Ratcliffe was charged with plotting to overthrow the government and sentence to five years. The families of both denied the charges.

Iran does not recognized dual citizenship and denies dual citizens contact with embassies of their other nationality.

In October of last year, Tulip Siddiq, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, criticized the United Kingdom's government for continuing to do business with Iran even though Iran held British citizens hostage. Conducting "business as usual" was "simply unacceptable,” she wrote.



Israel Sends Generators to Assist Papua New Guinea in Wake of Earthquake

Following a devastating earthquake that struck Papua New Guinea’s highlands region on February 26, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) delivered 40 generators to affected communities.

The 7.5-magnitude earthquake left around 100 people dead and more than 150,000 people in desperate need of emergency supplies. Israel was one of the first countries to send aid. Following a devastating earthquake that struck Papua New Guinea’s highlands region on February 26, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) delivered 40 generators to affected communities.

The 7.5-magnitude earthquake left around 100 people dead and more than 150,000 people in desperate need of emergency supplies. Israel was one of the first countries to send aid.

“These generators will provide immediate assistance to communities suffering from damage to critical infrastructure,” noted the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O’Neill.

The generators were delivered on March 8 by Yaron Sultan-Dadon, the Pacific Islands Adviser at the Israeli Embassy in Australia, who toured areas affected by the earthquake with O’Neill and assessed other possible avenues for Israeli assistance.

O’Neill said that his “government and the people of Papua New Guinea appreciate the support and friendship of Israel during these challenging times.”

Tibor Shalev-Schlosser, Israel’s Ambassador to the Pacific Island States, said Israeli Foreign Ministry “is evaluating additional means of disaster relief and will continue to assist Papua New Guinea during this difficult time.”

(via Israel21c)


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