MK Prof. Alon Tal, a member of Blue and White, is a leading environmental activist in the country. The American-born Tal is chair of the Department of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University and became the newest member of the Knesset today. He told reporter Arieh O’Sullivan that he believes the diversity of the current coalition was its strength and he hopes to be the "soldier" in the Knesset for pushing sustainability and improving Israel’s carbon footprint. He also envisions strengthening ties between Israel and the Diaspora.