2017-06-07 / Mideast

Israeli minister, Goldman Sachs CEO, among pullout critics

Israel’s energy minister and the CEO of the Goldman Sachs bank, Lloyd Blankfein, joined the chorus of critics who condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate deal.

Minister Yuval Steinitz criticized the move implicitly. “Even if there is a 50 percent chance that climate change and global warming is man-made, we must act to reduce risk,” he wrote on Facebook, adding that Trump’s decision will not change Israel’s plans for reducing the use of fossil fuel.

Blankfein, a Jewish New Yorker, became the most high-profile Wall Street figure to come out against Trump’s decision that day to pull the United States out of the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, the New York Post reported.

In his first tweet, Blankfein wrote: “Today’s decision is a setback for the environment and for the US’s leadership position in the world. #ParisAgreement.” (JTA)

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