HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The senior advisor to former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon was in Hattiesburg tonight, speaking about environmental issues in Israel. Dr. Ra'anan Gissin, Sr. spoke at Temple B'nai Israel about the Jewish National Fund.
That's a century-old, environmental protection organization.
Gissin says a major challenge facing the region is food production. And he says that's a root cause of much of the recent unrest in Egypt and other north African countries.
"Regrettably and unfortunately, it's going to get a little worse before it gets a little better,"said Gissin. "I think this is when the arab regimes, whoever is going to take over, will realize that the first business of the day is cater to the people. And the real important thing that you need to give the people is food and jobs. And that you can only do if you treat the land right," Gissin said.
Gissin is also a leading spokesman for the foreign press.