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The Daily TIP: Top Democratic Lawmaker: U.S. Support for Israel’s Security is “Overwhelmingly Bipartisan”

Posted by Tip Staff - August 08, 2017

Top Democratic Lawmaker: U.S. Support for Israel’s Security is “Overwhelmingly Bipartisan”
Hamas Agrees to “Turn a New Page” in Ties with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards
Former State Dept. Official: Palestinians Must Accept Jewish Ties to Jerusalem for Peace
Mexican Company Buys Control of Israeli Pioneering Drip Irrigation Firm for $1.5 Billion

Top Democratic Lawmaker: U.S. Support for Israel’s Security is “Overwhelmingly Bipartisan”

A leading Democratic congressman told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday that support in the U.S. House of Representatives for legislation strengthening Israel’s security is “overwhelmingly bipartisan.”

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D – Md.), the House Minority Whip, told reporters that there was no lingering bitterness among Democrats towards Israel over Netanyahu’s congressional speech against the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, The Times of Israel reported. Hoyer asserted that “all of us together support Israel,” whether or not they agreed with the speech. He explained that he objected to the nature of the invitation to Netanyahu, which was not done in a bipartisan fashion, and not Netanyahu’s decision to speak.

“I thought he spoke very well. I stood and clapped for things I supported, as others did,” Hoyer said of Netanyahu’s speech. “But the essence is not personalities. Democrats are very supportive of Israel and that is our focus and continues to be our focus.”

When asked about Democratic support for Israel, Hoyer responded that no Democrats opposed a recently passed bill that imposed new sanctions on Iran, and that “the parties are very united, and the fact is that the parties are speaking with one voice.” While Democrats and Republicans are divided over many issues, Hoyer noted, “when you have votes regarding Israel’s well-being and safety, they are overwhelmingly bipartisan.”



Hamas Agrees to “Turn a New Page” in Ties with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Senior members of Hamas terrorist organization met on Monday with representatives of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Tehran, and agreed to closer ties with the military force under direct supervision of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The delegation was in the Islamic Republic to attend the inauguration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as part of a broader strategy to “turn a new page in bilateral relations” between Iran and the terror organization, according to a statement by Hamas, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

Saudi-based media sources reported that members of Hamas, which are in control of the group’s military activities, also met with representatives of the IRGC and discussed “common issues.”

This is the first time senior Hamas members visited Iran since the election of a new leadership in 2017. Having broken off relations with Hamas in summer of 2015, after the group’s refusal to support Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria and their links to Saudi Arabia, Iran appeared in May to be signaling a renewal of funding to the group. .”

This renewed commitment came at the same time Hamas elected Ismail Haniyeh as replacement for Khaled Mashaal as the group’s political chief over rival Moussa Mohammed Abu Marzook.

In March 2016, the commander of the IRGC’s elite Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani, was reported by a Hamas member to have said that, “Iran was a staunch supporter of the Palestinian resistance before the nuclear deal and it will remain so after the deal.”



Former State Dept. Official: Palestinians Must Accept Jewish Ties to Jerusalem for Peace

If they want peace with Israel, Palestinians will have to stop denying Jewish history and “to accept the historic tie and sacred nature of the Temple Mount for Jews,” Yehuda Mirsky, a former State Department official wrote Tuesday in an op-ed published in The Washington Post.

Mirsky traced the Palestinian distortion or denial of Jewish history to Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem in the 1920s, who “sought to Islamicize the political struggle with Zionism” as a means of rallying Arabs to the cause of their nationalism. Thus he would cast the placement of seating for worshipers at the Western Wall as “part of a plot to destroy its sacred mosques.”

Currently, the Palestinian leadership, Mirsky observed, “has increasingly stoked fears about Jerusalem and the Temple Mount as a rallying cry to make up for the lack of secular national spaces and symbols,” just as the Mufti did in an earlier time.

Denying the Jewish ties to the the Temple Mount and Jerusalem, though, is counterproductive to peace. Mirsky cited a poll saying that one third of Israeli Jews who currently oppose a two-state solution would accept one if the Palestinians acknowledged the reality of Jewish holy sites in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

“Any hope for a sustainable future requires Palestinians to accept the historic tie and sacred nature of the Temple Mount for Jews,” Mirsky argued.



Mexican Company Buys Control of Israeli Pioneering Drip Irrigation Firm for $1.5 Billion

Israel’s pioneering drip- and micro-irrigation company, Netafim, announced today that Mexican petrochemical firm Mexichem will acquire an 80 percent stake — all the shares of Netafim held by the Permira Fund and Kibbutz Magal and a portion of those held by Kibbutz Hatzerim – in a deal worth $1.516 billion.

Kibbutz Hatzerim, Netafim’s founder, will retain the remaining 20% stake. The total enterprise value of the transaction is $1.895 billion.

Founded in 1965, Netafim pioneered the drip revolution, creating a paradigm shift toward low-flow irrigation. Today it is the world’s largest irrigation company, with 2016 total sales reaching $855 million.

The transaction is subject to approval by Mexichem’s shareholders meeting and regulatory approvals and is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2017.

Mexichem said it will retain Netafim’s current management and keep production and R&D in Israel for at least the next 20 years.

“Netafim positions us to become a leading developer of solutions to address food and water shortages, and respond to the need of increase crop yields and meet higher sustainability standards for fertilization,” said Mexichem CEO Antonio Carrillo Rule.

Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Netafim has a presence in more than 30 countries. It has 17 manufacturing plants, more than 4,300 employees and sales in more than 110 countries worldwide.

Netafim CEO Ran Maidan stressed that “the terms of the agreement guarantee Netafim’s continued Israeli character.”

(via Israel21c)


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