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The Daily TIP: Following Series of Explosions at Gaza Border, Israel Tanks Fire on Hamas Positions

Posted by Tip Staff - March 15, 2018

Following Series of Explosions at Gaza Border, Israel Tanks Fire on Hamas Positions
TIP Senior Fellow: PM May's Response to Russia over Poisoning Ex-Spy was "Sensible"
Sanctions Experts: Fixing the Nuclear Deal with Iran Could Help U.S. in North Korea Talks
Oscar Winner DiCaprio is Investing in Israeli Eco-Friendly Hotel


Following Series of Explosions at Gaza Border, Israel Tanks Fire on Hamas Positions

Israeli tanks fired on a number of Hamas targets inside the Gaza Strip, following a series of explosions caused by improvised explosive devices (IED) at Israel's border with the Hamas-controlled enclave, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

“IDF troops retaliated by firing from a tank at positions belonging to the Hamas terrorist group,” the army said. Israel's government has said that it holds Hamas, which has complete political and military control over the Gaza Strip, responsible for any violence emanating from the territory.

There were conflicting reports whether Hamas suffered any casualties from the Israeli retaliation. Israel reported that no one was injured from the terrorist-caused explosions.

Following an apparent assassination attempt on Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah earlier this week, the PA said that it held Hamas responsible for the "murderous" attempt on Hamdallah's life.

A video showing the Israeli shelling hitting one of its targets was released, though it remained unclear how many sites were targeted.

IEDs are of concern to the IDF because they are cheap and easy to make, and can be detonated remotely. Last month four soldiers were injured, two seriously, by IEDs detonated near the border. Israel retaliated by striking at 18 Hamas targets including one tunnel entrance.



TIP Senior Fellow: PM May's Response to Russia over Poisoning Ex-Spy was "Sensible"

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has demonstrated that her country will not be pushed around in the wake of the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter with a military grade nerve agent in the city of Salisbury, The Israel Project’s Senior Fellow, Julie Lenarz, argued in an op-ed for The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.

“The government’s response was sensible and measured,” Lenarz said, reflecting on Theresa May’s decision to expel 23 high-ranking Russian diplomats and the announcement that no Royal or government figures will attend this summer's World Cup in Russia.

Lenarz said that what happened in the market town of Salisbury was not only a “crass warning to Putin’s enemies abroad”, but “also testimony for the contempt Russia has for liberal democracies.” She added: “This demands a robust retaliation.”

Lenarz questioned if the government has gone far enough in punishing Russia, but said that “the government’s calculation was likely designed to leave various options on the table, depending on Russia’s reaction to the announcement.” The U.K. could take a series of measures against Russia, including economic sanctions and pushing the Magnitsky Act.

“If she is smart,” Lenarz said, “Theresa May will take a lesson from the Putin handbook. Rather than merely reacting to events, she should work together in conjunction with NATO partners to actively shape the response to Russian aggression in Europe and beyond.” In Syria, the Russians are allied with the regime and work together with Iran to keep Assad in power.



Sanctions Experts: Fixing the Nuclear Deal with Iran Could Help U.S. in North Korea Talks

If President Donald Trump follows through on his intent to either fix the weaknesses in the nuclear deal or withdraw from the deal, it would mean that "Mr. Trump will be better positioned to make it clear to Pyongyang that he means business," two sanctions experts wrote in an op-ed published Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal.

Mark Dubowitz, and Richard Goldberg, who was the architect of the most severe sanctions imposed on Iran, wrote that Trump, in order to regain leverage with Iran is demanding that the deal be fixed to "eliminate the deal’s sunset provisions, constrain Iran’s nuclear-capable missile program, and demand intrusive inspections of Iranian military sites." Without those changes negotiated by May 12, Trump has said that he would no longer waive sanctions on Iran, causing the toughest sanctions to be re-imposed, effectively marking the United States's withdrawal from the deal.

"If North Korea sees that Iran is held to tough nuclear and missile standards, backed by the credible threat of crippling sanctions, Mr. Trump will be better positioned to make it clear to Pyongyang that he means business," Dubowitz and Goldberg wrote. Though taking a tough line against Iran may not lead to an effective deal with North Korea, it will at least mean that Trump would have "stopped Iran from following North Korea’s path to nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them."



Oscar Winner DiCaprio is Investing in Israeli Eco-Friendly Hotel

Leonardo DiCaprio is investing in a new eco-certified hotel in Herzliya. The Oscar-winning actor and environmental activist will join the project as an investor and partner, Hagag Real Estate Development announced last week.

The hotel, located in the Herzliya Marina, will be designed by famous architect David Rockwell and will include 180 suites (130 of them available as timeshare vacation homes) across two six-story buildings with a swimming pool in between.

According to the Hagag Group, DiCaprio will work to promote the hotel and ensure that it is designed to meet the highest environmental and hotel development standards.

“Green environmental development is a significant part of building communities that work in partnership with nature and not against it,” DiCaprio said. “As we seek to create a future that heads off the most severe effects of climate change, we need projects that push for new developments in environmental design… This project, designed by David Rockwell and which meets the gold standard of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), will serve as a model for environmentally friendly hotel development for the entire world.”

The new hotel is to be constructed in compliance with the US Green Building Council and certified by its LEED green building rating system, Hagag Group said.

LEED is a globally recognized symbol of commitment to environmental responsibility and provides a framework for creating highly efficient, cost-saving green buildings for almost any purpose.

(via Israel21c)


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