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The Daily TIP: IAEA Chief: We Are Now Unable to Verify Iran is Implementing Nuclear Deal

Posted by Tip Staff - September 27, 2017

IAEA Chief: We Are Now Unable to Verify Iran is Implementing Nuclear Deal
LA Times: Security Officers Killed in Terror Attack Embodied "Nearly the Full Rainbow of Israeli Society"
Interpol, Risking Politicization, Admits PA as Member
Israeli Researchers Develop Firewall to Protect Android Devices from Hardware-Based Hacks


IAEA Chief: We Are Now Unable to Verify Iran is Implementing Nuclear Deal

The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that his organization is unable to verify that Iran is implementing the nuclear deal because his agency does not have the means to ensure that Tehran has not engaged in activities that “could contribute to the development of a nuclear explosive device,” in an interview published Wednesday by Reuters.

Yukiya Amano, told Reuters, that Iran is prohibited from engaging in activities listed in section T. of Annex I of the nuclear deal, including developing computer simulations of nuclear explosions or developing designing multi-point, explosive detonation systems, his agency" does not have the "tools" to verify Iran's compliance.

"In other sections, for example, Iran has committed to submit declarations, place their activities under safeguards or ensure access by us," Amano told Reuters. "But in Section T I don’t see any (such commitment).”

However one of the standards that the Corker-Cardin legislation sets out for the president to certify Iran's compliance that "Iran is transparently, verifiably, and fully implementing the agreement."

By Amano's own admission, the IAEA cannot verify that Iran is "fully implementing the agreement," because it doesn't have any way of ensuring that Iran is abiding by the terms set out in section T.

Section T is important, David Albright, and Olli Heinonen, explained in a paper published last month, because the IAEA can demand access to military sites, where Iran likely did its nuclear weapons research on its basis, even without suspicions that Iran is violating the deal.



LA Times: Security Officers Killed in Terror Attack Embodied "Nearly the Full Rainbow of Israeli Society"

The three security guards killed on Tuesday's terror attack were described by the Los Angeles Times as representing "nearly the full rainbow of Israeli society," ---one was an Israeli-Arab and the other two were Israelis, one of whom was of Ethiopian extraction---were buried later in the day.

The funeral of Yousef Ottman, an Israeli-Arab, was held in his home village of Abu Ghosh. His father, Issam, told The Times of Israel that he was proud of his son, saying, "He stopped the terrorist from getting into the village at the time children were just going to school.”

Mourners at the tent set up by the family included residents of Abu Ghosh, former colleagues from the Border Police, and residents of Har Adar, the community he was protecting. Ottman's funeral was attended by police officials, members of Knesset, and Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev.

Or Arish, a resident of Har Adar, was another security guards who was killed in the attack. Arish was working as a security guard following his army service as a paratrooper, in order to earn money for university. He was described as a "charming boy everyone loved."

Solomon Gavriyah, a border policeman and Israeli-born son of Ethiopian immigrants, was described as "the salt of the earth; a true patriot,” by Nissim Gozlan, the mayor of the town Beer Yaakov located in southern Israel. Gozlan told the Israel's Army Radio that that Gavriyah was an excellent student who had dedicated himself to serving his country.



Interpol, Risking Politicization, Admits PA as Member

Interpol has voted to admit the Palestinian Authority as a full member in a secret vote of representatives of the international police agency, despite concerns over their attempt to politicize a professional organization, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

“The overwhelming vote in favor of Palestine’s membership is a reflection of the confidence in Palestine’s ability to enforce the law and commit to the organization’s basic values,” PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malik said in a statement published on the official PA news site Wafa.

However, MK Michael Oren warned, "By admitting 'Palestine,' which praises terrorists of the past and refuses to condemn those of today, Interpol makes the world less safe."

This was not the first time that the PA applied for membership in Interpol. In 2016, the global police agency rejected its bid for membership.

The PA’s bid to join Interpol is part of a larger pattern whereby the PA evades direct negotiations and instead hijacks the missions of international organizations to wage diplomatic war against Israel.

The decision to accept PA membership in Interpol comes at a time when the PA is under pressure from ex-Palestinian inmates who were illegally imprisoned and tortured for working with Israel to prevent terror attacks, and are now suing the PA in Israeli courts.

Set up almost a century ago, Interpol was designed to help countries share police intelligence and cooperate against crime cross international borders, including terrorism.



Israeli Researchers Develop Firewall to Protect Android Devices from Hardware-Based Hacks

Cybersecurity researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have developed an innovative firewall program that adds a missing layer of security in the communication between Android smartphone components and the phone’s central processing unit (CPU), reports the university in Israel’s southern city of Beersheva. The researchers in BGU’s Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering, led by Yossi Oren, earlier this year announced the security vulnerability and alerted Google to help them address the problem. The researchers’ findings — written by Oren, in collaboration with Omer Shwartz, Amir Cohen and Asaf Shabtai – will be presented at the Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT) in Vancouver, Canada in mid-August. Nearly 400 million people have changed their touchscreens or other types of field replaceable units (FRUs), such as chargers, battery or sensor assemblies that are all susceptible to significant security breaches. These can include password and financial theft, fraud, malicious photo or video distribution, and unauthorized app downloads. The BGU researchers explain that since the attack is located outside the phone’s standard storage, it can survive phone factory resets, remote wipes and firmware updates. And crucially, existing security solutions cannot prevent this specific security issue. FRUs communicate over simple interfaces with no authentication mechanisms or error detection capabilities. This problem is especially acute in the Android market where the manufacturing chain is fragmented and difficult to control, say the researchers. (via Israel21c)


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