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The Daily TIP: Trump to Visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican in First Trip Abroad as President

Posted by Tip Staff - May 05, 2017

Trump to Visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican in First Trip Abroad as President
Pentagon Looks at New Evidence of Military Cooperation Between Iran and North Korea
Kurdistan Commemorates Yom HaShoah as Means to Foster "Climate of Acceptance"
Israeli Platform for Predicting Agricultural Conditions Raises $7.5 Million in Funding


Trump to Visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican in First Trip Abroad as President

On his first trip abroad as president later this month, Donald Trump plans to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, Politico reported Thursday.

At a signing ceremony the president characterized the upcoming travel as "historic" and a chance to marshal the forces of religious tolerance against terrorism.

While in Saudi Arabia, Trump plans to meet with leaders across the Muslim world.

“Saudi Arabia is the custodian of the two holiest sites in Islam, and it is there that we will begin to construct a new foundation of cooperation and support with our Muslim allies, to combat extremism, terrorism and violence,” Trump explained, “and to embrace a more just and hopeful future for young Muslims in their countries.”

Trump also spoke of creating a coalition to fight terror and to help bring stability to the Middle East.

“Tolerance is the cornerstone of peace,” Trump said as he announced his planned travel to “Saudi Arabia, then Israel, and then to a place that my cardinals love very much, Rome.”



Pentagon Looks at New Evidence of Military Cooperation Between Iran and North Korea

The Pentagon says that a submarine used in the failed underwater launch of a cruise missile this week by Iran, draws attention to Iran's military cooperation with North Korea, Fox News reported Friday.

When Iran used a "midget" submarine for the underwater launch of a Jask - 2 cruise missile this week, U.S. Defense Department officials said that it was based on the North Korean Yono design. This was seen as further evidence that the two nations are sharing military technology.

Also, a number of Iranian missiles have designs that appear to be based on North Korean designs, including a ballistic missile tested by Iran in January of this year. Furthermore, a ballistic missile, tested by Iran last summer, is believed to be based on the design of the North Korean Musudan missile. The Musudan is the most advanced missile that Pyongyang has tested successfully.

"The very first missiles we saw in Iran were simply copies of North Korean missiles,” said Jeffrey Lewis, an expert in missiles the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

He also noted that Iranian and North Korean officials have been seen visiting each other and that a lot of the two nations' military hardware looks similar.

The Ghadir submarine, which unsuccessfully launched the missile this week is based on the North Korean Yono-class submarine. Iran and North Korea are the only countries to field this class of submarine.



Kurdistan Commemorates Yom HaShoah as Means to Foster "Climate of Acceptance"

On the occasion of Yom HaShoah, the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq has remembered the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

The commemoration was organized by the Office of the Jewish Representative, a special department within the Kurdistan Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs. The ceremony was led by Sherzad Omar Mamsani, the first Jewish representative appointed by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in May of 2015.

Mamsani told The Israel Project, “This year, I invited representatives of different religions to my office to commemorate Yom HaShoa. Political figures, writers, and NGO activists also came along.”

“To prevent future genocides in the region, Israel and Kurdistan must unite to preserve the rights of religious minorities in the Middle East. These two countries share a culture of tolerance and, unlike in many other Middle Eastern countries, it is based on a genuine commitment for peaceful coexistence," he added.

Mamsani also highlighted the common threats faced by Israel and the Kurdistan region, “Israel and Kurdistan are both neck-deep in the war on terror. Terrorism is spread and sponsored by Iran, Hezbollah and other countries that harbor and train terrorists to harm us and our friends in Europe and America.”

Mamsani said that the connection between Israel and Kurdistan is based on a "natural bond friendship."

The Yom HaShoah commemoration is part of a wider initiative by the KRG to foster a climate of acceptance and cultural pluralism between people of different faiths in the region. To that end, the Kurdish government appoints representatives for all minority religious communities in Kurdistan.



Israeli Platform for Predicting Agricultural Conditions Raises $7.5 Million in Funding

Taranis, a software platform to help farmers anticipate agricultural conditions, announced this week that it has closed a $7.5 million Series A round of financing led by Finistere Ventures, an AgTech (agricultural technology) venture pioneer, and Vertex Ventures. Existing investors, EshbolInvestments, Mindset Ventures, OurCrowd, and angel investor Eyal Gura, also joined the round.

Today, the agricultural industry loses more than $300 billion each year due to crop diseases and pests. Taranis says it is pushing farmers to rethink how they approach crop disease and pest control, as well as how they prepare for and address weather concerns— and helping them increase profits by more than 15 percent in the process.

“We invest in innovators with the ability to transform an industry and were drawn to Taranis’ exceptional leadership team, machine learning expertise, proven analytics platform and early on-farm successes,” said Yanai Oron, general partner, Vertex. “Taranis offers a comprehensive and affordable crop management solution, and the pest and disease prediction algorithms it developed set the company apart from its competitors.”

Taranis said it will use the latest investment to further mature its scalable pest and disease prediction platform and substantially grow its global reach.

Taranis was accepted into the Microsoft Ventures accelerator in 2015 and completed a $2 million funding round in April 2016.

(via Israel21c)


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