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The Daily TIP: Amb. Haley to Review Iran’s Nuclear Activity Ahead of October Compliance Certification

Posted by Tip Staff - August 10, 2017

Amb. Haley to Review Iran's Nuclear Activity Ahead of October Compliance Certification
Israel's Foreign Ministry Receives Messages of Support From Thousands of Iraqis
Former Clinton Adviser: Women’s March Undemined by “Ugly Statements Made in its Name”
Israeli institute Trains Palestinian Farmers to Grow Avocados for Export to Europe


Amb. Haley to Review Iran's Nuclear Activity Ahead of October Compliance Certification

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will travel to Vienna and consult with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, a U.S official said on Wednesday.

Under the Corker-Cardin legislation, the president must certify Iran's compliance with the deal every 90 days. The bill requires the president to reveal whether the lifting of sanctions on Iran is in "vital national interest" of the U.S., if Iran is complying with the deal and all related agreements, whether Iran is making nuclear advances, and whether Iran is in material breach of the agreement.

The next report on Iran's compliance is due in October and President Donald Trump has indicated that he intends to find Iran in non-compliance with the deal, Reuters reported.

While the IAEA has not declared Iran to be in material breach of the agreement, it has documented a number of Iranian violations of the deal since it was implemented in January 2016.

"Ambassador Haley has consistently voiced her and the administration's concerns about Iran's illegal missile testing and other harmful actions," a U.S. official told Reuters.

France, the United Kingdom, and Germany---all partners in the nuclear deal---joined the U.S. in sending a letter to UN Secretary General António Guterres calling Iran's missile launches “threatening and provocative,” and charging that the launches defied UN Security Council resolution 2231, which codified the deal.

The U.S. recently imposed new sanctions on six companies for supporting Iran's ballistic missile program.



Israel's Foreign Ministry Receives Messages of Support From Thousands of Iraqis

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has received thousands of messages from Iraq in support of Israel in the wake of the Temple Mount crisis triggered by a terrorist attack, with Iraqis saying they “recognize the State of Israel” and reject Palestinian terrorism.

Reactions include criticism of "the hypocrisy of the Arab peoples," especially Egyptians and Jordanians, as their countries have signed peace treaties with Israel and yet incited violence with their support for Palestinian rioting over the installment of metal detectors on Temple Mount, Ynet reported.

Abdullah Bassem from Baghdad wrote, "A message from Baghdad to Tel Aviv: We recognize the State of Israel—the chosen and the victorious people. Fakestinians (a derogatory term for Palestinians) are traitors and terrorists.” He added that “We, as Iraqis, will be happy to visit Israel and welcome a visit by Israelis to their second homeland, the great nation of Iraq."

Iraqis also explained that they would like to see a normalization between the two countries, which would replace killing and bloodshed with a mutually beneficially relationship.

Yonatan Gonen, head of Arabic-language digital diplomacy at the Foreign Ministry, said that the ministry has been flooded with pictures and messages of support. Iraqis have also opened new pages and websites to promote bilateral relations between Israel and Iraq.

The operators of the Facebook group "Iraq with Israel” wrote in a statement that "First and foremost, we firmly condemn all terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians,” adding that "As a country that has suffered and is still suffering from terrorism, we are aware of the great pain these attacks cause. Despite the tangible risk to us in managing this campaign, thousands of Iraqi citizens have joined it so far."



Former Clinton Adviser: Women’s March Undemined by “Ugly Statements Made in its Name”

While saying that she marched for many of the stated goals of January's Women's March, a former Clinton adviser wrote that "I did not march to show support for hateful, divisive language" that has since been used in the march's name, in an op-ed published Wednesday in the Washington Jewish Week.

Ann Lewis, a leading feminist who has counseled both Bill and Hillary Clinton, wrote that she was proud of her participation in the march, both as a way of showing her disapproval of President Donald Trump as well as her support for "policies like equal pay for women’s work, for pro-family legislation like family leave, for education and health care — including reproductive health care — available to every woman and girl."

Although she is proud of what she marched for, she objected to "attempts to highjack the Women’s March in support of a very different kind of politics."

Specifically, Lewis noted that leaders of the march adopted "hateful, divisive language that tries to expel Zionists like myself and my friends from the women’s movement by defining feminism as available only to those who deny Israel the right to exist."

"What discredits the Women’s March are the ugly statements made in its name," Lewis wrote. "The telling silence when other women are expelled for daring to identify as Jews; the charges of 'alt-right' against anyone who speaks up to disagree."



Israeli institute Trains Palestinian Farmers to Grow Avocados for Export to Europe

This July was a month full of depressing news regarding diplomacy among Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.

And yet, far from the headlines, cooperation across these populations was thriving at the Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI) in Nahalal, a city in northern Israel.

During July alone, GIMI gave a training course to Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli olive-oil producers, taught farmers from Palestinian Authority territories to grow avocados for export, and began planning a tele-course for Gazan computer engineers.

“This is nothing new for us,” says GIMI President Joseph “Yossie” Shevel. “We’ve been cooperating with the Palestinians for the last 30 years.”

The avocado-growing course came out of GIMI’s awareness that the healthful avocado is in great demand in Europe and that Israelis could help Palestinian farmers join them in offering a quality product for this “green gold” market.

“We thought we should encourage Palestinians to grow avocados based on the excellent Israeli experience. We know there is a problem of exporting agricultural goods from the West Bank to Europe and we hope to help find a way,” Shevel tells ISRAEL21c.

Israel avocado exports to Europe have grown to roughly 100,000 tons in recent years, comprising about a third of the winter avocado market in EU countries.

Funding was provided by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union through the agency of Economic Cooperation Foundation, a Tel Aviv-based nonprofit think tank founded in 1990 to build, maintain and support Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab cooperation.

(via Israel21c)


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