Rowing canal in Eilat. (Shutterstock.com)
Rowing canal in Eilat. (Shutterstock.com)

The city of Los Angeles has signed a memorandum of understanding with the city of Eilat to create a joint task force on environmental and clean-technology initiatives. The sister cities hope to promote collaboration and advancement in technology investment, business development and research opportunities in clean technology, water resources, solar energy and environmental technologies.

“Israel is a true start-up nation,” said Bob Blumenfield, of the Los Angeles City Council. “They have made the desert bloom, launched satellites into orbit, led the world in microprocessor and cellular technology, and even advised our own airports in security matters. As we grapple with a changing environment and the economic challenges that go with it, it only makes sense that a start-up City like Los Angeles partner with Israel.”

The new task force builds on a recent memorandum of understanding between California and Israel signed in March.

“Israel and California are both global innovation hubs when it comes to technology and clean technology, health care, food services, water and the environment,” said Israel Consul General David Siegel. “We are looking forward to working with Los Angeles to strengthen our cooperation through this task force.”