Gill, of the Face Activities Management Team, tweeted President Trump, thanking him for his recent statements about Israeli settlements. In an interview on Friday, the President stated that he didn’t think settlements helped the peace process.
In previous interviews and statements President Trump has seemed squarely in Israel’s corner, but Friday’s tweet suggests he may be willing to take a harder line on Israeli settlements, viewed by many (including former President Barack Obama) as a stumbling block for the peace process that greatly hampers efforts to create the much coveted, but highly elusive, two state solution (President’s Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama have all attempted to achieve this diplomatic coups, without success.)
Learn more about President Trump’s statements (The New York Times)
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There are many places in the world with limited access to clean, safe drinking water, and energy. A new invention will help people in these challenged regions collect drinkable water, while minimizing the energy required to achieve that goal. An Israeli company named Water-Gen has designed a machine that uses the principle of condensation to extract drinking water from the atmosphere, using very little energy in the process.
This kind of innovation is extremely important for the long-term benefit of humanity. Currently many heavily populated regions are challenged by resource scarcity and economic hardship. This invention will help people in these regions to survive, and perhaps prosper, even with limited resources. Such technologies may make a crucial difference right now, and as the world-wide effects of climate change take hold in the coming decades, they may become increasingly important.
“When kids learn about the planet’s water cycle, they’re taught a simple concept: our atmosphere is filled with water vapour that has evaporated from the bodies of liquid water we see around us. When the vapour’s temperature gets low enough, it gets turned back into water.
The presence of that vapour becomes especially apparent in the summer when droplets collect on glasses of ice water and air conditioning units drip onto unsuspecting passersby…” (Science Alert)
Learn about water extracting machine (Science Alert)
Photo: Water-Gen / Science Alert
Shimon Perez, nobel laureate and former Isreali Prime Minister, has died at 93 following complications from a massive stroke he suffered two weeks ago. Peres advocated a two state solution for the Israeli-Pelestinian conflict, and shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat for the Oslo accords, in 1994. He was the first Israeli Prime Minister to speak before a Muslim country’s legislature, when he addressed the Turkish government. President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
“Shimon Peres, the Israeli elder statesman who shared a Nobel Prize for forging a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, has died. He served as a constant force for generations in Israeli politics.
The 93-year-old died after suffering a massive stroke two weeks ago. He was reported to be making progress but doctors said he took a turn for the worse Tuesday.
In top leadership roles over the decades — including Prime Minister and President — the Labor Party veteran became a face of the Jewish State, instantly recognized and well-respected in Israel and across the globe.” (CNN.com)
Learn more about Shimon Peres’s life and death (CNN.com)
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