Israeli Defense Forces Polluting Groundwater with Impunity

Eighteen months ago, Itzhak Ben-David, the Israeli Environment Ministry’s deputy director for enforcement, visited several Israeli army bases in the West Bank.  What he saw was shocking.  Fuel and oil were leaking unabated into the ground on several sites.  In response, Ben-David asked the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to conduct water quality sampling and monitoring.  […]

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Israel Cleantech Intelligence: BrightSource and 8 More Headlines

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SolarEdge in England, fish farming, the pros and cons of desalination, and more headlines related to Israeli cleantech and the environment. This past week BrightSource Energy joined the competition for contracts in Greece which must comply with EU guidelines for renewable energy usage. Some army bases and municipalities in Israel are set to install solar […]

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Israeli Officers to Be Trained at Green Training Base

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Green pushups anyone? Hybrid jeeps and other “green” training equipment will now be used to train future Israel Defense Force officers The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are now extending their green military programs (like solar energy chargers) to training future officers at a special “green” training base in the country’s Negev desert region. In a […]

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Going Green Is A Tactical Offensive In War

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The US Army in Afghanistan recognizes that going green solves fuel supply problems for troops. Logistical supply line problems in military forces have been the downfall of armies since organized warfare began. The US Army goes green as a tactical move: Recent attacks against US military and NATO fuel convoys in Afghanistan have resulted in US […]

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Michigan Batteries and 7 Israel-related Headlines, Week of December 20, 2009

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During the week of December 20, 2009, the IDF revealed that it is adopting solar energy field rechargers. The Copenhagen summit was analyzed and Israel and Michigan are teaming up to revive Michigan’s economy through the battery business. For these stories and the rest of this week’s 7 headlines, see below. Renewable Energy Michigan Looks […]

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Israel's Ministry of Environmental Protection: IDF Bases Pollute Land and Water

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As we saw in the recent Gaza and Lebanon wars, violent conflict can be a major obstacle to environmental protection in the Middle East. Recently, a letter signed by Issac Ben David, deputy director of Israel’s Ministry for Environmental Protection, and addressed to Major-General Gadi Shamni, commander-in-chief of Israel’s central command, contained even more evidence […]

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Kishon River 2? IDF NAHAL Infantry Unit Afflicted by Cancer–Causes Unknown

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The army unit I served in (way back when) was featured in tonight’s news broadcast for having cancer levels more than twice as high as other infantry units.  Channel 2 TV (Arutz 2) reported this evening (video, in Hebrew) that IDF’s Nachal infantry had 2.5 as many Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cases than either Paratroopers or Golani, […]

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Israeli Army Tries to Go Green

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When thinking about the Israeli army (or any other army, for that matter) becoming more “green” or environmentally conscious, skepticism is unfortunately the first thing that comes to mind.  Military activity is nasty business, leaving detrimental traces on human relationships, governmental spending, and the environment – to name a few. Which is why a recent […]

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