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The Daily TIP: Netanyahu at UN: Despite Iranian Threats, "The Light of Israel Will Never be Extinguished"

Posted by Tip Staff - September 19, 2017

Netanyahu at UN: Despite Iranian Threats, "The Light of Israel Will Never be Extinguished"
Illinois Democrats Take Stand against Anti-Israel Boycott Campaign
IDF Welcomes Establishment of New U.S. Military Facility on Israeli Soil
Spanish Firm Delivers Shell for Israel's Spacecraft in Google-Sponsored Race to the Moon


Netanyahu at UN: Despite Iranian Threats, "The Light of Israel Will Never be Extinguished"

In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly, on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, hailed what he called a "revolution" in Israel's acceptance around the world and warned that despite Iranian threats "the light of Israel will never be extinguished."

After noting that hundreds of foreign dignitaries had visited Israel in the past year, and observing Israeli technology making the differences in people's lives around the world, Netanyahu said, "After 70 years, the world is embracing Israel, and Israel is embracing the world."

However, Netanyahu credited Secretary General António Guterres, for stating explicitly "denying Israel’s right to exist is anti-Semitism, pure and simple." He also expressed his hope that Israel's better relations with individual nations would lead to better relations "in this hall of nations."

Netanyahu also thanked the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and President Donald Trump for their support at the UN.

He warned that North Korea had developed nuclear weapons despite assurances that negotiations would prevent them from doing so, meaning that in the case of Iran "unfortunately, if nothing changes, this deal will turn out exactly the same way."

"I warned that when the sanctions on Iran would be removed, Iran would behave like a hungry tiger unleashed," Netanyahu recalled, "not joining the community of nations, but devouring nations, one after the other."

But despite the threats posed by Iran's increased aggressiveness and improved armaments, Netanyahu said, addressing Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, "the light of Israel will never be extinguished."



Illinois Democrats Take Stand against Anti-Israel Boycott Campaign

The Democrats scored an important victory against hatred and intolerance earlier this month when State Senator Daniel Biss announced that he had dropped his running mate, Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor.

A week earlier the Evanston Democrat had selected Ramirez-Rosa to run alongside him in the Democratic primary. But the relationship quickly soured over Ramirez-Rosa’s support of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, a fringe anti-Semitic group that calls for the ostracization of companies and institutions that do business with Israel.

Within hours of Ramirez-Rosa’s nomination, Illinois Democrats launched a campaign of protest, expressing a zero-tolerance stance against BDS and anti-Semitism in Democratic Party ranks. A few days later, influential Congressman Brad Schneider had withdrawn his support for Biss’ campaign, citing reservations over Ramirez-Rosa’s “past comments about the United States support of our ally Israel.”

The Democratic Congressman also voiced concern over the alderman’s affiliation with the Democratic Socialists of America, an activist organization which, at its convention in Chicago in August, passed a resolution in support of BDS.

For the Democrats to respond to events quickly and decisively was crucial. It set a standard for the rest of the country that, when you need to move left to win a primary, there is a red line on Israel that makes supporting BDS — on its own — disqualifying for candidates for state-wide office.

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IDF Welcomes Establishment of New U.S. Military Facility on Israeli Soil

Israel and the United States inaugurated a American military facility on Israeli soil on Monday, which will serve dozens of soldiers operating a missile defense system, located inside the Israeli Air Force’s Mashabim Air Base.

Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovitch, the commander of Israel’s aerial defense, said the installment was “nothing short of historic,” when he announced the opening of the facility on Monday evening. He said the presence of a U.S. facility on Israeli soil sends a “message to the region and our surroundings that our partnership with our friend the United States is important,” The Times of Israel reported.

A U.S. facility in Israel “allows us to improve our defense, in discovery and in interception and in preparedness,” Haimovitch explained. He also told reporters that the new facility, together with other recent upgrades to Israel’s air defense system “will improve our abilities significantly,” adding that “It won’t get us to 100 percent, but it will get us much closer to achieving important things during war.”

In his speech, Maj. Gen. John Gronski, deputy commander of US Army National Guard in Europe, said the facility “symbolizes the strong bond that exists between the United States and Israel.” He further noted that “The United States and Israel have long planned together, exercised together and trained together,” adding that “with the opening of this site, these crucial interactions will happen every day.”



Spanish Firm Delivers Shell for Israel's Spacecraft in Google-Sponsored Race to the Moon

The Spanish space and satellite engineering firm IberEspacio announced this week that it delivered the skeleton of the spacecraft the Israeli SpaceIL team is producing in its race to win Google’s Lunar $20 million XPRIZE for the first group to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon without governmental funding.

Israel’s SpaceIL was founded by three young engineers, Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub. The chairman of the organization is entrepreneur and philanthropist, Morris Kahn, who is also a major donor.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is building the actual spacecraft. Proceeds from the award – if SpaceIL wins it – will be used to advance science and technology education in Israel.

The other XPRIZE finalists are Moon Express (United States), TeamIndus (India), Hakuto (Japan) and Synergy Moon (an international consortium).

IberEspacio worked for a year to produce the upper and lower panels, which will contain the propulsion system and all the electronic equipment, as well as the docking ring with the rocket launcher. The carbon fiber struts to be used in the spacecraft are being supplied by a Danish company.

IberEspacio general manager Alejandro Torres said that “participating in a pioneering and ambitious mission like SpaceIL … is a source of pride for our company. … We are very grateful to SpaceIL and IAI for the trust they have placed in us.”

The SpaceIL craft weighs less than 25 kilograms yet must be sturdy enough to withstand the strong vibrations from the launch and the impact on the moon.

(via Israel21c)


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