Last week, Jewish National Fund's Ariel Kotler (Development Officer for JNF's Israel Operations) was featured on local radio program "On the Green Front with Betsy Rosenberg" to speak about JNF's environmental work in Israel, the partnership with Friends of Israel Firefighters, and the recovery efforts following the Carmel fires.
Ariel grew up like all Israeli children and joined the army when he turned 18, serving two tours of duty in Lebanon during Israel’s return to the international border. He also studied to be a medic, completed the intensive officer’s training, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Intelligence Infantry, and later became the instructor for the officer’s course.
After living in NJ for eight years, in the summer of 2009 Ariel and his family returned to live in Israel permanently and they are currently building their new home in the Negev.
Ariel spoke with host Betsy Rosenberg about the impact of JNF's environmental work in Israel. From fighting devastating wildfires to desalinating water in the desert, Israel has always faced serious environmental challenges and limited natural resources. Ariel is with the Jewish National Fund. He explains how the planting of millions of trees, funded in large part by American Jews, has gone a long way toward not only providing much needed greenery, but also a source for carbon absorption.
Ariel's interview was featured on 11/26/2011 but can be heard anytime online at "On the Green Front with Betsy Rosenberg" webpage.