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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Israeli Diplomats Going Green

Aside from improving relations in the US, Israeli's diplomatic arm is also improving relations with nature by having senior diplomats adopt "greener" technologies.

( Israel has announced that starting this fall, it will significantly reduce the petroleum consumption of its senior diplomats in the United States by switching to hybrid-electric vehicles. The symbolic initiative, led by Israel's Ambassador to the United States, Sallai Meridor, will include Israel's embassy in Washington, its nine consulates throughout the U.S. and its mission to the United Nations, making Israel's foreign service among the first in the U.S. to significantly reduce oil demand throughout its entire official fleet.

"Reducing oil dependence and protecting the environment are key factors in improving international security," Meridor said. "We are proud to be among the first countries to take this small but symbolic step. Our hope is that many small steps taken together will lead to major policy action around the world that will address one of the most critical strategic and environmental issues facing our common future."

This is a great initiative that (hopefully) other diplomats will follow. Hopefully the government can expand this measure to all embassies around the globe, setting a new trend for the international community worldwide.

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