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Netanyahu phones Trump and Clinton, thanks both for longtime support of Israel

Posted by Tip Staff - November 10, 2016


 

In a pair of phone calls, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with both President-elect Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following Tuesday’s presidential vote.
Calling Trump a “great friend of Israel,” Netanyahu expressed his gratitude to the president-elect for his frequently declared support for Israel. The two also discussed a number of regional issues. Trump invited Netanyahu to meet with him in Washington “at the first opportunity.”
“I look forward to working with you to advance security, prosperity and peace,” Netanyahu said in a separate video message to Trump. “Israel is grateful for the broad support it enjoys among the American people, and I’m confident that the two of us, working closely together, will bring the great alliance between our two countries to even greater heights.”
Netanyahu also called Clinton to thank her for her support of Israel over the years. He also told the former Secretary of State that she had an open invitation to visit Israel.
 

Israel will not allow Iran to establish a presence in Syria along the Israeli border, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is in Jerusalem for a two-day visit. He explained Israel's two overriding principles when it comes to defending itself from Iran: “First, prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons and second, to prevent Iran — in any situation that arises in Syria, with or without an agreement — from establishing itself militarily in Syria, on the ground, in the air or at sea. We are also determined to prevent it from bringing about the establishment of Shiite militias, which it is organizing, and of course, the arming of Hezbollah with dangerous weapons aimed at us.”
Netanyahu has previously said the same to the Russian media when he was 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,” he said.
Hezbollah and its patron Iran are determined to set up a terror front against Israel on the Golan Heights, which Israel has demonstrated its resolve to prevent. 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.

 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concerned Monday about “the weakening taboo” against chemical weapon attacks, after numerous reports that more such attacks have taken place in Syria in recent weeks.
In a letter to the UN Security Council, Ban expressed fears that the use of chemical weapons could become “normalized in this or any conflict, present or future” and that “It is imperative that those responsible for the use of chemical weapons should be held accountable.”
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported four instances of chemical weapons use in Syria between September 23 and October 22. The OPCW’s mission prevents it from assigning responsibility for the attacks, but the Security Council’s Joint Investigative Mechanism, put in place in 2014, has officially determined that the Syrian government had used chlorine in three attacks and that ISIS had used mustard gas once.
The Assad regime killed hundreds of civilians in a chemical attack on a Damascus suburb in August 2013. Despite a deal drawn up in the wake of this attack to rid Syria of its chemical weapon stockpile, the Assad regime has continued to use chlorine gas, and traces of chemical weapons were found in May 2015 at facilities that Assad had not declared. Last year, Iran attempted to block diplomatic efforts to condemn Syria for its violation of the chemical weapons agreement it had signed.

 
The New York Stock Exchange today salutes leading Israeli women and their contribution to the US-Israel relationship in fields of business, economy, science, high-tech and fashion, as part of the 10th annual America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) Israel Day at NYSE. The AIFL is also marking the country’s disproportionate prominence on Wall Street — now ranking as the largest foreign presence outside of China and Canada. “The level of Israeli equities listed on Wall Street is yet another example of Israeli innovation and the strong US-Israel relationship,” said Daniella Rilov, Executive Director of the America-Israel Friendship League. “Not only are we recognizing these outstanding companies at Israel Day, but the event is also honoring four Israeli women leaders, because Israel, like the United States, celebrates its gender diversity. The day is an example of just a few of the common traits both countries have.” Tzameret Fuerst, entrepreneur and co-founder of Circ MedTech, which developed PrePex, an FDA-approved device for HIV protection; Karen Haruvi, SVP global generic business development and alliance management for Teva Pharmaceuticals; Noa Raviv, acclaimed fashion designer and artist; and Liat Mordechay Hertanu, co-founder of 24me, are being honored for their success. Investing in Israel is also a main goal of the Israel Day happening. “One should invest in Israel not just to support the Jewish State, but because it is a solid investment that historically has outperformed most other international equity investments over the past three, five, and 10 years,” said Steven Schoenfeld, CEO of Bluestar Indexes. (via Israel21c)


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