Israeli diplomats in U.S. adopt hybrids

Senior Israeli diplomats in the United States will switch to hybrid gas-electric cars to cut down on petroleum consumption.

The move, to be made this fall, was announced Monday by Sallai Meridor, Israel’s ambassador to the United States. The change will affect vehicles from the Washington embassy, Israel’s nine U.S. consulates and Israel’s mission to the United Nations, in New York.

“Reducing oil dependence and protecting the environment are key factors in improving international security,” Meridor said. He said he’s proud Israel is among the first countries to reduce oil dependency throughout its entire fleet.

In the years ahead Israel plans to advance energy cooperation with the United States by collaborating in the development of alternative-energy technologies.

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