Israel agrees to join U.S., Australia anti-whaling coalition
"The U.S. believes that countries such as Israel can help make a difference in ensuring the long-term conservation of whale species and opposing attempts to weaken or minimize regulations for future whaling operations,"
- Stewart Tuttle, the U.S. Embassy spokesman in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv, Israel - Israel has decided to join the coalition of anti-whaling nations that oppose motions to increase whale hunting quotas, the Foreign Ministry and U.S. Embassy confirmed Thursday.
The Israeli decision followed a direct plea from the United States to help it and its allies maintain a 20-year-old moratorium on commercial whaling. Japan, one of only three whaling nations in the world today, along with Norway and Iceland, has been attempting to reverse the ban.