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The Daily TIP: Defense Secretary Mattis: “Israel has an Absolute Right to Defend Itself”

Posted by Tip Staff - February 12, 2018

Defense Secretary Mattis: “Israel has an Absolute Right to Defend Itself”
Infighting between PA, Hamas Could Cause Health Crisis in Gaza
Canadian-Iranian Environmentalist Dies in Evin Prison; Regime Claims He Committed Suicide
Israeli Designer Sells Out Bodysuit After Worn by Meghan Markle on Night Out with Prince Harry

Defense Secretary Mattis: “Israel has an Absolute Right to Defend Itself”

Referring to the downing of an Iranian drone that encroached on Israeli airspace and the Israeli Air Force’s subsequent strikes against government and Iranian targets located in Syria on Saturday, the United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters on Sunday that “Israel has an absolute right to defends itself.”

Mattis had been asked if the United States has been involved at all in the Israel response and about the risk Iran’s presence in Syria posed.

The secretary said that the U.S. played no role in the events between Israel and Iran on Saturday.

When addressing the drone and the Iranian threat to Israel, Mattis said, “It is interesting that everywhere we find trouble in the Middle East, you find the same thing behind it. Whether it be in Yemen or Beirut, or in Syria, in Iraq, you always find Iran engaged.”

Mattis then expanded on this point, explaining why allies of the United States would see Iran as a threat, “If you live in the region, there’s no doubt what Iran is doing. If you’re in Bahrain, and the police there have captured explosives and that sort of thing, clearly from Iran.

He also pointed out that wherever Iran’s Qods Force was – in Iraq, or in Syria – it was channeling weapons to Hezbollah.

“Israel has an absolute right to defend themselves,” Mattis said, apparently referring to the downing of the Iranian drone, “They don’t have to wait until their citizens are dying under attack before they actually address that issue.”



Infighting between PA, Hamas Could Cause Health Crisis in Gaza

While a feud between Hamas, the terrorist group that rules Gaza, and the Fatah dominated Palestinian Authority that rules the West Bank, has threatened Gaza with a major health crisis, two Arab nations have pledged money to keep the generators in Gaza's hospitals and medical centers running, Reuters reported on Friday. So far, due to disagreements between the two leading Palestinian factions, generators at three of Gaza's hospitals and 14 of its 54 medical centers have stopped operating due to a lack of funds according to the enclave's health ministry.

The United Arab Emirates donated $2 million to keep the medical generators running, which, it said, would "provide enough fuel to keep facilities running for several months." Qatar donated $9 million, which was announced on the nation's foreign ministry website.

Though Hamas and the PA agreed in October on a reconciliation agreement that would transfer administration authority in Gaza to the PA, the two factions have failed to work out all the details of their power sharing agreement.

Last week, American Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt blasted Hamas for for causing “misery” to Gaza’s residents by choosing terror over “improving the lives it purports to govern" after Israel discovered explosive chemicals hidden in a shipment of medical supplies to Gaza.

Hamas has prioritized the building of tunnels and increasing the size of its arsenal, while most Gazans are limited to a few hours of electricity a day.



Canadian-Iranian Environmentalist Dies in Evin Prison; Regime Claims He Committed Suicide

The Iranian regime said that a Canadian-Iranian environmentalist killed himself in prison last week after having been arrested two weeks earlier, the BBC reported Sunday.

Authorities told the wife of Kavous Seyed-Emami on Friday that he had died in Iran's infamous Evin prison. Emami's son, Raam, an Iranian singer who performs as King Raam, expressed skepticism that his father killed himself on social media.

Emami, who was a sociology professor, also headed the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation was one of seven people arrested on January 24. Authorities charged that the seven, also including an American-Iranian dual national, Morad Tahbaz, were accused of collecting restricted information "under the coverage of scientific and environmental projects."

"He was one of the defendants in a spying case and unfortunately he committed suicide in prison since he knew that many had made confessions against him and because of his own confessions," Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi, Tehran's prosecutor told Iranian media.

According to the BBC, activists have charged that Iranian authorities have claimed that other who prisoners who have died mysteriously committed suicide. An Iranian rights group, the Centre for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), told the BBC that the Iranian government has been targeting dual nationals more frequently.

Reuters reported in November of last year that Iran had arrested at least 30 dual nationals since the nuclear deal was agreed to in July 2015.

The Iran Sociology Association also questioned the official account of his death.



Israeli Designer Sells Out Bodysuit After Worn by Meghan Markle on Night Out with Prince Harry

Since announcing her engagement to Prince Harry last November, all eyes have been on Meghan Markle’s style. Coats, shoes, dresses and other fashion items worn by the bride-to-be have sold out in minutes. It’s no surprise that after she wore a bodysuit by Israeli designer Tuxe for an evening out with her betrothed, the style is now backordered until May.

The couple, set to marry in May, went to London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall for the Endeavor Fund Awards, which recognize injured servicemen and women. Known for her dressed-down-meets-royal style, the former actress layered Tuxe’s silk Boss bodysuit underneath a tailored black Alexander McQueen suit. On her feet, she wore Manolo Blahnik pumps.

“We’ve been royally approved!” the brand posted on Instagram after Markle was photographed wearing the bodysuit. “We absolutely love Meghan for all she has done for women’s rights and are honored to be worn by someone who encapsulates what we stand for as a brand. She uses her spotlight to be an inspiration and she definitely is to us!”

Tuxe founder Tamar Daniel was born in Jerusalem, raised in London and is a graduate of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan. She founded her Philadelphia-based bodywear line in 2015, focusing on transforming the bodysuit, once a 1990s staple, into a chic, modern garment.

(via Israel21c)


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