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Netanyahu thanks Congress for overwhelming approval of bipartisan measure

Posted by Tip Staff - January 06, 2017


 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his county’s gratitude to the U.S. Congress for overwhelmingly passing a bipartisan measure condemning last month’s anti-Israel United Nations resolution. “After the anti-Israeli decision at the United Nations,” Netanyahu tweeted, “yesterday the American Congress accepted a different resolution. The members of congress expressed clear support for Israel and clear opposition to the [UNSC] resolution. Thank you members of Congress, thank you America!”
The House resolution passed 342-80, with a large majority of Democrats voting in favor. Freshman Democrats of the 115th Congress voted 20-4 in favor of the measure. “Allowing such a one-sided resolution to pass at this moment sent the wrong signal to our ally Israel, to Israel’s enemies and to the world,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). Several of the voting representatives called the UN resolution “shameful.” Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) added, “The UN…could not even condemn Palestinian terrorism against Israel as an obstacle to peace. It is.”
The Senate will vote soon on a similar resolution that was written by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.). It has received backing from both Democrats and Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Upon introducing the bill, Rubio said that it was meant to fight "efforts to delegitimize Israel" that "have been underway a long time at the United Nations." He added, "When it comes to the U.S.-Israel alliance, we believe that senators of both parties must stand firmly with Israel and condemn efforts to undermine Israel's legitimacy. This resolution expresses the Senate's rejection of continued anti-Israel efforts at the United Nations, reiterates our commitment to Israel, and urges the incoming administration to work with Congress on this issue.”
“I am deeply disappointed that the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 2334, which is a one-sided text that makes direct negotiations for a two-state solution more challenging. Our Senate Resolution sends the message that the U.S.-Israel partnership is ironclad,” Cardin said. “Going forward, Congress will take action against efforts at the UN or beyond that use Resolution 2334 to target Israel. I hope that in 2017 we can look at policies and actions that facilitate resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, and I stand ready to support productive efforts.”

 

A former Supreme Commander of NATO advocated for even closer military cooperation between the United States and Israel in an essay for Time on Thursday.
Former Admiral James Stavridis, now the Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, wrote that in order for the United States to confront the challenges it faces in the Middle East, it should “more fully develop its partnership with the Israel Defense Forces in several crucial areas.”
There is already considerable military-to-military cooperation between the two nations, Stavridis wrote, noting that he “saw firsthand the quality of Israeli forces” when he served as commander of U.S. European Command. But such cooperation could be enhanced in many, most notably cybersecurity. “Israeli intelligence gathering is superb, and the integration of the Israeli military with the nation’s robust private-sector security firms is nearly seamless,” Stavridis noted.
He also highlighted other areas where closer technological cooperation with Israel could benefit the United States, included missile defense (where Israel and the United States have previously cooperated on the Arrow missile), avionics, miniaturization, and both airborne and land-based unmanned vehicles.
Stavridis recommended closer intelligence cooperation between the two countries. He called Israel’s intelligence services “the best in the Middle East,” and acknowledged that when it came to the Syrian civil war, political uncertainty in Egypt, and Iran’s military and nuclear program, the Israelis “have been ahead” of American intelligence services.
 

The newly appointed vice president of Venezuela is suspected by American intelligence of drug smuggling as well as having close ties to Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah, Business Insider reported Thursday.
The appointment of Tareck El Aissami, formerly the governor of Aragua state, means that if he could become the country’s president if the increasingly-embattled Nicholas Maduro is recalled or steps down.
While serving as interior minister under Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez, El Aissami reportedly participated in a program to provide Syrian terrorists with Venezuelan passports. Joseph Humire, the founder of the Center for a Secure Free Society think tank, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in 2015 that El Aissami “developed a sophisticated, multi-layered financial network that functions as a criminal-terrorist pipeline bringing militant Islamists into Venezuela and surrounding countries, and sending illicit funds and drugs from Latin America to the Middle East.”

 
As the 50th annual CES gets underway today in Las Vegas, the world’s gadget-aficionados and tech devotees are keeping an eye on the newest technologies making debuts. Once again, many Israeli companies are taking part in the world’s largest consumer electronics show, snagging top interest and media coverage for their novel technologies. Intel demonstrated its Project Alloy VR headset to much hype at this year’s event – handing out barf bags to hundreds of reporters and analysts in case the gaming experience proved too much for them. The technology for the headset was created in Intel Haifa using RealSense (Israeli-developed 3D vision technology). Consumer Physics, the Israeli makers of the SCiO device, teamed with China’s Changhong and US chipmaker Analog Devices to unveil the world’s first molecular sensing smartphone at CES. BMW made a headline-grabbing announcement at CES about its plan to roll out a fleet of approximately 40 autonomous vehicles by the second half of 2017. The BMW 7 Series cars will employ cutting-edge technologies from Intel and from Mobileye, Israel’s premier developer of vision-based advanced driver assistance systems. “Making autonomous driving a reality for our customers is the shared ambition behind our cooperation with Intel and Mobileye. This partnership has all of the skills and talent necessary to overcome the enormous technological challenges ahead and commercialize self-driving vehicles,” said BMW’s Klaus Fröhlich at a media event preceding the show. (via Israel21c)


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