Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an extraordinary offer to the people of Iran on Sunday, announcing that Israel would create a Farsi-language website to teach Iranians to recycle wastewater and save themselves from mismanagement by their government.
“The Iranian people are victims of a cruel an tyrannical regime that denies them vital water,” Netanyahu said in a video released on social media.
“Israel stands with the people of Iran. And that is why I want to help save countless Iranian lives … Iran’s meteorological organization says that nearly 96% of Iran suffers from some levels of drought. Issa Kalantara, a former Iranian agriculture minister, said that 50 million Iranians could be forced out of their homes due to environmental damage … Israel has the knowhow to prevent environmental catastrophe in Iran.”
Today I made an unprecedented offer to Iran that can help save countless lives.
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) June 10, 2018
The new website is already live and operational.
Israel, like other countries in the Middle East, suffers a lack of water, even with access to the fresh water of the Sea of Galilee. However, in recent years, Israel has achieved water independence by developing wastewater recycling technology for use in agriculture, and desalination for domestic consumption.
Currently, Israel recycles nearly 90% of its wastewater and provides roughly half its drinking water through desalination. It has exported its technologies, including drip agriculture, throughout the world.
The offer to provide specific help to Iran is also a diplomatic effort to side with the Iranian people against the Iranian regime at a moment when new protests are arising, the Iranian currency is in free-fall, and the threat of new international sanctions looms with U.S. withdrawal from the Iran deal.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named to Forward’s 50 “most influential” Jews in 2017. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.