Several outlets have reported a presentation at the AIPAC conference last week: when Alan Dershowitz came on to the stage to tout an Israeli company that sells a device that pulls water “out of thin air” as the best answer to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign aimed at Israel.
I believe there is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without.
Dersh was introduced by Elliot Brandt of AIPAC (at 1:45:00 in the video), and got very enthused. Here’s what he said:
I’m here because I’m a passionate Zionist who believes that no country in the history of the world has contributed more to lifesaving technology in a mere 69 years than the nation of Israel. And I’m here because I spend so much of my life fighting against BDS and delegitimation of Israel, and I believe there is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without. You cannot boycott products that you cannot live without!…
We have a crisis in the world today. Two thirds of the world has water scarcity. This can cause disruptions, instability, destabilization. This poses strategic challenges to the United States… Israel can do something to help stop that crisis!
What you do is, what this great new innovation from Water Gen does, you literally take drinkable water out of thin air.
That’s what Israel does! It turns science fiction into life saving reality. That’s the story of Israel! This is amazing!…
[The two men then sip from glasses of water produced by the device]
It will help humanitarian disasters around the world… This technology could have given water to the people of Flint and the people of New Orleans. It can also have military uses. It can be put in the back of Humvees…
Israeli innovation for the last 69 years has produced products that the world can’t live without! Drip agriculture. So many other products. We learn from the Talmud that who saves a single human life it’s as if they saved the whole world. But it’s better to save the whole world, and Israel can do that through its water technology and this great innovation!..
Let’s see Israel go forward for the next 69 years and save even more and more lives and become a light unto the nations.
Nothing against Israeli innovation, but like the famous drip irrigation, a brief online search shows that “Atmospheric Water Generation” is an established field of innovation, globally.
Large claims have been made for commercial air-to-water devices going back to 2009, according to Australian scientists. This 2016 Toyota produces drinkable water at a faster rate than the Israeli device. Back in 2007, the Wall Street Journal gave an innovation award to a Florida company that was working on such a device for “the driest parts of the world,” noting, “Similar systems work effectively only in places with high humidity.” This German company has also been marketing such a machine. The Times mentions a US patent back in 2001.
Germans, Australians, Japanese, Americans — it seems that Israelis are not the only folks interested in water generation…
Thanks to Scott Roth.