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The Daily TIP: President Trump Declares Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Says He Will Initiate Relocation of Embassy

Posted by Tip Staff - December 06, 2017

President Trump Declares Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Says He Will Initiate Relocation of Embassy
Raising Specter of Nuclear Terror, Iran-Backed Houthis Claim that They Targeted UAE Reactor
France, Germany Call on Iran to End its Ballistic Missile Program, "Hegemonic Temptations"
Israeli Company Develops Ecologically Friendly Concrete that Protects Marine Habitats


President Trump Declares Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Says He Will Initiate Relocation of Embassy

President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday "that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," in a landmark speech at the White House. He noted that in 1995 the Congress, by "an overwhelming bipartisan majority," adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act, urging the federal government to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, Israel's capital, and that the Senate had, just six months ago, "unanimously" reaffirmed Jerusalem as Israel's capital,

"Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this is a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace," Trump continued. "It was 70 years ago that the United States under President Truman recognized the state of Israel."

Calling it "folly" to continue a policy of signing waivers and refusing to move the embassy that failed to achieve its objective of advancing "the cause of peace," Trump said, "I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel." The president asserted that is a "recognition of reality" and "it is also the right thing to do."

Trump said he would now instruct the State Department to make the necessary preparations for building an embassy in Jerusalem. While he did not give a timeline for its completion, Trump said that the embassy would be a "magnificent tribute to peace."

For a complete summary of the speech, please click here.



Raising Specter of Nuclear Terror, Iran-Backed Houthis Claim that They Targeted UAE Reactor

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels said they fired a cruise missile at a nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates raising the specter of nuclear terror, Reuters reported on Sunday.

The Houthis, which control most of northern Yemen, said they targeted the UAE as part of the Saudi-led coalition that is waging war against them. “The missile force announces the launching of a winged cruise missile ... towards the al-Barakah nuclear reactor in Abu Dhabi,” they claimed in a statement.

The rebels, however, produced no evidence to back up their story, which was reported by the Houthi-affiliated al-Masirah TV station, and there were no reports of any missiles reaching the UAE. The emirate, like other U.S. Gulf allies in the region, has the Patriot Missile defense system capable of shooting down ballistic missiles.

According to the United Nations’ 2005 International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, a reactor could constitute nuclear terrorism. An attack on such a facility could cause the release of radioactive material, which would lead to mass casualties among the surrounding population.

Yemen is the latest project in Iran’s grand plan of ascendancy in the region for which they use the Houthi rebels as a vehicle of projecting power on the Arabian Peninsula. If they succeed in building a lasting stronghold in the county, Iran, with the support of their local proxies, would then allow Iran to assert control over the wider Middle East through the establishment of two Shiite "crescents."



France, Germany Call on Iran to End its Ballistic Missile Program, "Hegemonic Temptations"

France and Germany have called on Iran to end its ballistic missile program as well as its "hegemonic temptations," Reuters reported on Monday.

In a press conference, with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said, “We also have the same view on the necessity for Iran to go back on its ballistic missile program and its hegemonic temptations."

While France and Germany say they are committed to the nuclear deal with Iran, United Nations Security Council resolution 2231, which implemented the deal, called on Iran not to develop ballistic missiles, an activity that Iran has continued to pursue despite the deal.

Iran rejected the French and German plea.

"French statesmen and other statesmen who speak about Iran’s affairs need to pay attention to the deep developments that have come to pass in the region in past decades and the big changes between the current situation and the past,” Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi responded.

He added, "They should analyze the issues more carefully in their words and statements because the Islamic Republic of Iran will definitely not negotiate on defensive and missile matters," demonstrating defiance of the terms of the Security Council resolution.

Experts have warned that Iran’s ballistic missile program is clearly offensive not defensive, and how the missiles being developed could be used to carry nuclear weapons.

France and Germany, joined the United States and the United Kingdom in August, charging that Iran's launch of a satellite violated resolution 2231.

Israeli Company Develops Ecologically Friendly Concrete that Protects Marine Habitats


On her many dives across the globe, Israeli marine biologist Shimrit Perkol-Finkel was distressed to see the ecological damage done by concrete ports, breakwaters and piers.

“These structures destroy the natural habitats, replacing natural reefs with a desert of concrete. If anything grows on it at all, it’s an invasive, harmful species,” Perkol-Finkel tells ISRAEL21c following a US road trip to promote her startup, ECOncrete of Tel Aviv, founded in 2012.

ECOncrete has developed a suite of environmentally sensitive concrete products that enhance marine life while increasing the structural stability, longevity and aesthetics of urban waterfronts and coastal structures.

The technology features a modified concrete “recipe,” a variegated texture attractive to marine life, and a 3D design to accommodate elements such as tiny holes for little fish to hide in.

ECOncrete CEO and Chief Scientist Perkol-Finkel and CTO Ido Sella earned their doctorates in zoology from Tel Aviv University and have extensive experience in marine biology and ecology.

Their startup was nurtured at the prestigious Entrepreneurship and Innovation Support Program (EISP) 8200 accelerator and won its award for best startup of 2014. By that time ECOncrete had raised $1.7 million in seed money and had three pilot projects on the go. Among these were two installations at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York.

ECOncrete has made three sales agreements with concrete precast manufacturers — in the UK, California and Austria.


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