Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Bill Gates during the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
The two agreed to establish cooperation between the Jewish State and the Gates Foundation in the ‘climate change’ innovation space.
“Israel is known as the startup nation, and I think that it’s time we pivot and channel our national energy — which is the energy of the people, the brainpower — to fighting climate change,” Bennett told Gates adding “We’re going to take this as a national mission.”
Bennett suggested that Israel’s hi-tech entrepreneurs can pivot from the cloud space to climate change innovation. But that didn’t seem to be enough for Gates who said that he’d like to see Israel become involved in adaptation including “seed and livestock work.”
Bennett said that Israel is cooperating with many of its neighbors on climate-related challenges, particularly in the area of water security.
Gates told Bennett that his ” big belief is that we can solve climate change if we accelerate innovation.”
“Given the talent that you have and what we’ve seen in the digital space, how do we unleash more of that? So I’d love to take that R&D innovation push and figure out where Israel can partner with us” Gates added.
Gates noted that both himself as well as Bennett — who earned millions in hi-tech — understood that “innovation was the key.”