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Former Israeli defense minister: Iran and Hezbollah fortifying on Golan border

Posted by Tip Staff - September 15, 2016


 

Iran is determined to open up a terror front against Israel by strengthening Hezbollah’s fortifications on the Golan Heights, former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated on Thursday. Speaking at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Ya’alon noted that “the dozens or so attacks perpetrated from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights against us, it was Iranian Revolutionary  Guard Corps forces trying to open a terror front against us.” Hezbollah is now armed with more than 100,000 rockets, he noted. Gaza-based terror organizations Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have also benefited from their relationship with Iran by “getting knowhow how to produce rockets, more accurate rockets, or even unmanned air vehicles.”
Israel has demonstrated its determination to prevent Iran from setting up terror infrastructure in the Golan Heights. In January 2015, an Israeli airstrike killed Iranian and Hezbollah commanders who were attempting to establish terrorist infrastructure on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. Four months later, the Israeli Air Force struck a weapons shipment convoy on the Syria-Lebanon border. And last December, Samir Kuntar, a Hezbollah-affiliated terrorist who was imprisoned for decades for the murder of an Israeli father and his four-year-old daughter in 1979, was assassinated after reportedly working to build up Hezbollah’s infrastructure and attack capacity on the Golan. “We have a red line, a boundary that we will not allow to be broken,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized when visiting Moscow in June. “Iran will not be allowed, using Hezbollah, to use Syrian territory to attack us and open up another terrorist front against us in the Golan.”
Hezbollah relies on Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to allow his territory to be used as a land bridge between Lebanon and Iran, which it can use to transport weapons and soldiers. Because of the importance of this route, the terrorist group has become highly invested in Assad’s survival. Around 1,500 Hezbollah fighters have been killed in the Syrian civil war. Israeli analyst Daniel Nisman told The Financial Times in January that if the Assad regime were to take decisive control of the Syrian Golan from rebel groups, “that could be Iran’s way to put in a second front and a second Gaza or a second southern Lebanon.”

 

The New York City Council overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign on Wednesday, The New York Daily News reported.The resolution, which rejected “all efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the global movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the people of Israel,” passed by a vote of 40 to four with six abstentions.While the symbolic resolution does not have the force of law, Councilman Andy Cohen (D-Bronx), one of the 35 sponsors of the measure, said, “We must take a stand as the home of the largest population of Jews outside the state of Israel and as a people who support the only true democracy in the Middle East, and the United States’ strongest ally in the region.”
The resolution passed following a prolonged debate that saw dozens of anti-Israel protesters ejected from the council chambers for continually disrupting the proceedings, including with shouts of “Zionism is racism,” “Fuck Israel,” and “Free Palestine.”
On Thursday last week, Zenobia Ravji, the associate director of coalitions at The Israel Project (which publishes The Tower), testified before the council about the resolution. Ravji, a Zoroastrian who spent two years in Israel, said during her testimony “that Israel was the only country in the Middle East, where Zoroastrians and other religious minorities could peacefully and openly practice their religion.”
Another witness at the hearing was Brooke Goldstein, director of the Lawfare Project, who observed:
While BDS proponents typically claim they are acting to demonstrate disagreement with the Israeli government, these claims are disingenuous and transparent. BDS proponents are free to criticize Israeli policies – as Israelis do every day in one of the world’s most active and dynamic democracies. However, targeting or discriminating against a person or company because of their ethnicity or national origin is entirely unacceptable. One would not boycott a restaurant owned by a Chinese man to protest the Chinese government’s policy, nor would one refuse to purchase from an African American retailer to declare condemnation of the government of Sudan. That is discrimination and it is illegal in New York State, pure and simple.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order in June barring the state from contracting with entities that boycott Israel.
Many leaders of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which was launched by Palestinian groups in 2005, have publicly affirmed that they seek Israel’s destruction. BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti, an opponent of the two-state solution,said in 2014 that Palestinians have a right to “resistance by any means, including armed resistance,” while leading activist As’ad Abu Khalil acknowledged in 2012 that “the real aim of BDS is to bring down the state of Israel.” (via TheTower.org)

 

Aqueduct Medical, a medical devices startup in the NGT3incubator in Nazareth, Israel, has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its innovative cervical dilator, said to be the only one of its kind that enables cervical dilation in only three to five minutes without need for general anesthesia. “Now that we have both CE [Europe] and FDA approval and a strong IP portfolio, we feel 2017 can be a breakthrough year,” CEO Amnon Weichselbaum says, adding that the company is seeking a key strategic partner and $3 million in its second funding round. Marketing of Aqueduct 100 will begin in the first quarter of 2017 in Europe (Spain, France, Germany, and Italy initially) and in the third quarter of 2017 in the United States. Dilating a woman’s cervix is necessary for intrauterine diagnostic or operative procedures such as abortions or removal of uterine polyps. In the United States, three million gynecological procedures requiring cervical dilation are performed annually, a similar number in Europe, and 10 million such procedures in all potential markets for Aqueduct 100. The two current methods for cervical dilation take hours or require general anesthesia, and expose the patient to risks during and after the procedure. (via Israel21c)


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