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The Daily TIP: Trump to Abbas: Palestinian Leaders Must "Speak in a Unified Voice Against Incitement"

Posted by Tip Staff - May 03, 2017

Trump to Abbas: Palestinian Leaders Must "Speak in a Unified Voice Against Incitement"
Iranian Commander: We Will Continue Sending Troops to Support Assad in Syria
With Israeli-Made Goggles, Cyclists Get Pilot's-Eye View of Their Surroundings
Five Israeli Startups Make Multimillion-Dollar Exits in April


Trump to Abbas: Palestinian Leaders Must "Speak in a Unified Voice Against Incitement"

President Donald Trump said "no lasting peace" can be achieved between Israel and the Palestinians "unless the Palestinian leaders speak in a unified voice against incitement to violence," during a joint appearance with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House on Wednesday.

Sounding a more optimistic tone, Trump also indicated that "there's a very, very good chance" that peace could be achieved between Israel and the Palestinians during his presidency, and stressed the need for "two willing parties," the Associated Press reported.

Trump asserted that "any agreement cannot be imposed by the United States or by any other nation," and that it was up to Israel and the Palestinians to work out peace between themselves. He also said that he'd "love to be a mediator, an arbitrator or a facilitator" between the two sides, suggesting a return to the premise of the 1993 Oslo Accords, which mandated "that all outstanding issues relating to permanent status will be resolved through negotiations."

In recent years, Abbas has orchestrated international efforts to unilaterally impose the terms of an agreement on Israel through the United Nations and other international organizations. He boasted of this approach in an op-ed published in The New York Times six years ago, in which he called for the admission of Palestine to the UN as a means to internationalize "the conflict as a legal matter, not only a political one."

In his remarks, Trump made no specific mention of a two-state solution as being necessary for peace. While the president was expected to discuss the issue of Palestinian payments to convicted terrorists with Abbas, he did not mention it in their joint appearance.

 

Iranian Commander: We Will Continue Sending Troops to Support Assad in Syria

Iran will continue sending "military advisers" to Syria in order to boost the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, a top Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander told Iran's Fars news agency on Tuesday.

Though Iran has been sending military support to Assad since at least 2012, it didn't publicly acknowledge doing so until the number of Iranian casualties rose, Reuters reported. Over 1,000 Iranian troops have already been killed in Syria, including a number of IRGC commanders.

"The advisory help isn't only in the field of planning but also on techniques and tactics," said Mohammad Pakpour, head of the IRGC's ground forces. "And because of this the forces have to be present on the battlefield."

Papkour explained that the IRGC's troops are in Syria to support the Qods Force, the IRGC's branch for external operations.

Iran has created what former Shin Bet head Avi Dichter called in November a "foreign legion" of Shiite fighters from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. These fighters are directed by the IRGC and the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah.

 

With Israeli-Made Goggles, Cyclists Get Pilot's-Eye View of Their Surroundings

Elbit, Israel's defense technology giant, will soon bring its first consumer product to market: augmented reality goggles for bicyclists, based on technology that is used for fighter-pilot helmets, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday.

The goggles, which are slated to reach the market by the end of the year, provide riders with information about the terrain they're navigating, their performance and even give them the ability to receive calls and texts. The goggles include a map projection overlay to give the rider a full view of his surrounding that, according Chief Financial Officer Joseph Gaspar, is similar to the accident avoidance technology that was developed by Mobileye.

“A part of our strategy is to take technologies from the defense market and look for applications in the commercial market, part of which is consumer,” Bezhalel Machlis, Chief Executive Officer of Everysight said in an interview. The civilian market, mostly in the realm of aviation products, accounts for about 10% of Elbit's revenues, according to Machlis.

Machlis envisions Everysight, which is wearable technology, as being the model of its future commercial offerings, saying, "We’re trying to adapt to the commercial market, and in 2016 became a strong player in the automotive market."

Elbit aids its spinoffs by providing them with technology as well as connecting them with investors. Entertainment mogul Haim Saban, for example, is an investor in Everysight, through the Saban Capital Group, a fund that he founded.

 

Five Israeli Startups Make Multimillion-Dollar Exits in April

Israeli on-demand car service Gett reportedly paid $200 million for Juno, a rival in the New York market, making it the biggest Israeli exit deal in April. According to TechCrunch, which broke the story, the acquisition of Juno will strengthen Gett’s position in the rides-on-demand market.

Israel’s Luck Genome was on the other side of an exit deal last month, being picked up by Dutch game developer GamePoint for $12.5 million. The Tel Aviv company develops casino games for social media platforms and will continue to do so from its local digs as GamePoint’s new development center in Israel.

Earlier in the month, WalkMe,  a tool for evaluating websites, acquired analytics startup Jaco and announced that it would integrate the latter’s technology into its Digital Adoption Platform (DAP). No terms were disclosed about the deal.

US-based Magento acquired Shopial, which created software that helps online businesses develop a social version of their stores, for an undisclosed purchase price in April as well. The Israeli company is in the process of being moved to Philadelphia.

And SeatGeek, a US-based mobile-focused ticket platform that enables fans to buy and sell tickets for events, bought Israel’s TopTix, known for cutting-edge software for ticketing, fundraising and customer relationship management, for $56 million.

(via Israel21c)


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