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The Daily TIP: Expert: Khamenei Military Adviser: West Uses Lizards to Spy on Iran's Nuclear Program

Posted by Tip Staff - February 14, 2018

Khamenei Military Adviser: West Uses Lizards to Spy on Iran's Nuclear Program
Amb. Haley Says Iranian Drone Incursion into Israel is a "Wake-Up Call" for the World
Shin Bet: Turkish Officials Turn "Blind Eye" Towards Hamas's Economic and Military Activity
Eilat to Turn Section of Shoreline into Ecological Beach and Environmental Center


Khamenei Military Adviser: West Uses Lizards to Spy on Iran's Nuclear Program

Saying that their skins absorb "atomic waves," a top military adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei charged that Western countries use "lizards, chameleons" to spy on Iran's nuclear program, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

"Several years ago, some individuals came to Iran to collect aid for Palestine… We were suspicious of the route they chose. In their possessions were a variety of reptile desert species like lizards, chameleons…," Hassan Firuzabadi, a former chief-of-staff for Iran's army told ILNA, an Iranian news agency. "We found out that their skin attracts atomic waves and that they were nuclear spies who wanted to find out where inside the Islamic republic of Iran we have uranium mines and where we are engaged in atomic activities."

Firuzabadi was responding to the arrest last month of a group of environmentalists. Though he denied knowledge of that case, he charged that the West frequently used students, tourists and environmentalists to spy on Iran.

However, Firuzabadi asserted that the Western intelligence agencies "failed every time."

The adviser's comments come in the wake of the suspicious death of Kavous Seyed-Emami. a Canadian-Iranian sociologist and environmentalist, who was one of the seven arrested. According to the regime, Emami committed suicide in the notorious Evin prison, but his family and colleagues are skeptical of the government's claim.

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi charged that Emami and the others who were arrested last month were "under the guidance of the CIA and Mossad intelligence officers."



Amb. Haley Says Iranian Drone Incursion into Israel is a "Wake-Up Call" for the World

Speaking Wednesday at a United Nations Security Council briefing on Syria, the United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called Saturday's incursion by an Iranian drone into Israeli airspace "a wake-up call for all of us."

Haley punctuated her assessment by noting that the incursion suggested that "Iran and Hezbollah are making plans to stay in Syria."

Earlier in her remarks Haley called the incursion of the drone from Syria, "an egregious and unprompted escalation." She characterized the actions as "Iran was once again doing what it does – risking conflict and testing the will of its neighbors and opponents to resist its aggression."

Echoing remarks earlier this week from the State Department and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Haley said that Israel "rightly took action to defend itself." She added, "The United States will always stand by our ally when confronted with provocations from Iran, Hezbollah, or the Assad regime."

Noting that last week pro-regime forces attacked Kurdish fighters and recently bombed civilian neighborhoods, Haley faulted the Assad regime and its supporters Iran and Hezbollah for "helping direct those atrocities." She also faulted Russia for not preventing violence in the agreed-upon de-escalation zones in Syria, noting "Russia was supposed to guarantee adherence to these de-escalation zones to help the political process. But then again, Russia was also supposed to guarantee that all chemical weapons would be removed from Syria."



Shin Bet: Turkish Officials Turn "Blind Eye" Towards Hamas's Economic and Military Activity

Following the arrests of an Israeli-Arab and a Turkish citizen, the Shin Bet, Israel's internal intelligence agency accused Turkish authorities of turning a "blind eye" to the efforts of Hamas to raise money and arrange terror attacks, The Times of Israel reported Monday.

Shin Bet's investigation found that Cemil Tekeli, a Turkish citizen and lecturer in law, and Durgham Jabarin, an Israeli resident of Umm al-Fahm, both of whom were arrested in January, were recruited by Zaher Jabarin, a Hamas financier, who lives in Turkey. Jabarin reports to Saleh Arouri, who is "deputy chairman of the organization and head of its operations in the West Bank."

Tekeli is suspected of helping Hamas members set up businesses, obtain visas and acquire real estate and cars.

Jabarin is suspected of smuggling large amounts of money, several hundred thousand Euros, from Turkey to the West Bank for Hamas.

The activities conducted for Hamas by Tekeli and Jabarin “took place unhindered as Turkish officials turn a blind eye and — on occasion — encourage it, and with the assistance of Turkish nationals, some of whom are close to the government," the Shin Bet said in a statement.

Tekeli told the Shin Bet that SADAT, a Turkish company with ties to government officials, helped provide Hamas with both money and arms. In one case, an employee of the company helped senior Hamas officials attend an arms show in Turkey, where they had an opportunity to learn about drones.



Eilat to Turn Section of Shoreline into Ecological Beach and Environmental Center

A 200-meter-long stretch of shoreline on the Gulf of Eilat adjacent to the port city’s Dolphin Reef recently was turned over to the Eilat municipality by the Eilat Ashkelon Pipe Company (EAPC) for development as an ecological beach with an environmental education center.

An old pier at the site, formerly used for transporting oil, will be renovated as an environmental tourist attraction – complete with a marine garden, wind chimes and natural climbing structures – as well as a headquarters for Israeli youth group Shomrei Hamifratz (Guardians of the Gulf).

This is the second sandy parcel transferred to the city by EAPC after 50 years of corporate ownership. The first stretch, 300-meter-long Kazaa Beach, was turned over last July and proved popular with beachgoers.

“I am excited to give the residents of Eilat and its visitors another coastal strip added to the southern EAPC strip that opened to the public last summer. We will continue to act with determination to turn more and more beaches currently occupied by institutions into public beaches,” Eilat Mayor Meir Yitzhak Halevi said.

Halevi added that he hopes the beach will serve as a model for other coastal cities in Israel. The municipality is working with the architectural firm Mayslits Kassif of Tel Aviv on a larger plan to develop the Gulf of Eilat coast from Taba to Aqaba.

Eilat’s coastline encompasses a marine reserve with magnificent coral reefs.

(via Israel21c)


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