Syrian and Russian armed forces are bombing trapped civilians in the city of Aleppo in western Syria and in the predominantly Kurdish Hasakah region of that country’s northeast with impunity. Chemical and incendiary weapons are being used. Yet, between the summer vacation season and the Olympics, the world seems to sail serenely by.
The Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem serves Israelis and non-Israelis alike and is internationally renown for its research and training activities. As a patient whose life has been saved by the clinicians at the institution, I can attest to its clinical excellence.
Israel's preeminent clinical and research center is now in fiscal crisis. Solutions for its survival and future well-being must be found. Public support for the institution is vital.
The potential effects of climate change are no less threatening than those posed by weapons of mass destruction and should figure just as highly on the international agenda. This is nowhere more true than in the resource-poor Middle East where regional environmental cooperation should become more than just a slogan.