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The Daily TIP: New Analytical Tool Shows Two-State Solution Still Viable

Posted by Tip Staff - November 30, 2017

New Analytical Tool Shows Two-State Solution Still Viable
Identification of 1994 Terror Suspect Underscores U.S. Efforts to Counter Hezbollah
Italy Bars Entry to PFLP Terrorist and Boycott Supporter, Leila Khaled
GQ Magazine Names Gal Gadot “Wonder Woman of the Year” for 2017


New Analytical Tool Shows Two-State Solution Still Viable

On the 70th anniversary of the ratification of the United Nations Partition Plan, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy has launched a new website called “Settlements and Solutions” that seeks to use civilian satellite imagery to provide a better understanding of West Bank demography in unprecedented detail and shows that a two-state solution is still very much viable.

The interactive project is a first-of-its-kind, most up-to-date web-based geographic database that provides users interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with an opportunity to explore Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Territory is not the only thorny issue in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but takes a central role among the fate of Jerusalem, security implications, and the status of refugees. The tool seeks to educate users about the situation on the ground, in order to enable them to judge for themselves whether the two-state solution is still a viable option.

David Makovsky, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who served in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of State in 2013-2014, where he was a senior adviser during Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, commented in The Washington Post, “It is not too late. Those on both the right and the left that rush to proclaim the death of the two-state solution due to settlement population growth are too fatalistic,” Makovsky said, adding that “One cannot be certain about the political will to make it happen, but 70 years later, there is — at least for now — a way.”



Identification of 1994 Terror Suspect Underscores U.S. Efforts to Counter Hezbollah

A week after Hezbollah terrorists operating on behalf of Iran blew up the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, the terror group sent a suicide bomber to bring down a small commuter flight in Panama, carrying mostly Jewish passengers. The FBI believes it now knows the real name of the suicide bomber on the plane and has tentatively identified him as Ali Hawa Jamal.

The identification of Jamal, previously identified only as Jamal Lya, based on the name listed on the ill-fated plane's manifest, shows that the United States is seeking to identify "the presumably local Latin American support network that helped him carry out his plot," Matthew Levitt, Director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, wrote Thursday in Politico magazine.

The renewed interest of the Trump administration to disrupt Hezbollah's operations in America's backyard indicates that it "is clearly eager to counter Iran and sees Hezbollah as a key proxy for Tehran involved in many of what officials have called the Iranian regime’s 'malign activities,'” Levitt observed.

According to Levitt, the administration, by going after Hezbollah's activities in the Western hemisphere, is seeking to disrupt the operations and financing network, and also to undermine its "attempts to portray itself as a legitimate political party,” according to Nicholas Rasmussen, currently director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

In October, Rasmussen clearly stated the government's goals to "continue to monitor closely Hezbollah activity around the world and work aggressively to disrupt any instances of Hezbollah operating within our borders.”

Following the arrests earlier this year in New York and Michigan of two Hezbollah-linked suspects accused of planning attacks in New York and Panama, Levitt observed, "U.S. authorities have good reason to be concerned about the group’s activities in the Western Hemisphere."

Italy Bars Entry to PFLP Terrorist and Boycott Supporter, Leila Khaled

Italy has barred Leila Khaled, a member of the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine terror group and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions advocate, from entering the country due to an invalid visa, Benjamin Weinthal reported Wednesday for The Jerusalem Post.

Khaled, according to the Italian paper, La Stampa, did not have a valid Schengen visa, which would allow her to travel freely throughout most European Union countries. Weinthal noted that "it is unclear why Germany, Spain,. Denmark, Austria and Greece, all of which are in the Schengen zone, did not forbid Khaled from entering into their countries."

Noting that Khaled had addressed the EU Parliament earlier this year, Olga Deutsch, director of the Europe Desk for the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor told Weinthal, "We hope that Italy's move, coming on the heels of European Parliament President Tajani's decision to bar terror-linked individuals and organizations from EU premises, signals a new awareness among European leadership, and that it leads European Institutions and governments to reexamine policies that fund such NGOs."

Khaled is infamous for her involvement in the hijacking of TWA Flight 840 in 1969 and the attempted hijacking of EL AL Flight 219 a year later. Though she now lives in Jordan, she travels on behalf of the PFLP, designated by the United States and EU as a terrorist organization, advocating boycotts of Israel.

Khaled has been quoted as saying that for Palestinians, "negotiations will be held only with knives and weapons."



GQ Magazine Names Gal Gadot “Wonder Woman of the Year” for 2017

International men’s lifestyle magazine GQ chose Israeli actress Gal Gadot as its 2017 Wonder Woman of the Year and for its 22nd annual Men of the Year issue.

“When real-life wonder woman Gal Gadot smashed up the big screen in this summer’s blockbuster hit Wonder Woman, we knew superhero movies would never be the same,” the editors write.

GQ writer Caity Weaver came to Tel Aviv to spend a day at the beach with the Wonder Woman star, former Israeli soldier, Miss Israel and mother of two.

Her profile of Gadot reveals a relaxed but alert, self-assured, warm and attentive personality who shows up for the interview with an egg sandwich and a towel from home for the reporter.

“The most beautiful thing about Gal Gadot is her smile—a real one, devastating, whipped out frequently to the peril of those around her—but the other stuff is very good, too,” Weaver writes.

Gadot shares the GQ honors this year with Kevin Durant, Stephen Colbert and Colin Kaepernick.

(via Israel21c)


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