Bennett Declares Climate Change a National Security Interest

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (center) leads a cabinet meeting on Sunday. (Yoav Dudkevitch/POOL)

Ahead of the U.N. Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, the cabinet approved a plan to encourage climate innovation, to develop technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett declared the tackling of climate change as a new national security interest and passed a number of resolutions on the matter, as part of the “100 Action Items” plan, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office on Sunday.

“Next week we will leave for the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, together with Energy Minister Karine Alharrar and Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg. In this context, today we are submitting here, at the Cabinet table, several important decisions regarding climate and the global environmental crisis,” Bennett said.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office outlined the establishment of task forces “to advance the establishment and implementation of extensive projects of national importance in the field of infrastructures, in order to meet the targets for moving to a low-carbon economy for 2030 and 2050.”