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The Daily TIP: U.S. Ambassador to Israel: Palestinian Reactions to Terror Killing Show Why There's No Peace

Posted by Tip Staff - January 10, 2018

U.S. Ambassador to Israel: Palestinian Reactions to Terror Killing Show Why There's No Peace
Obama Admin Official: Sanctions for Terrorism, Abuse, and Missiles Don’t Violate Nuke Deal
Bloomberg Columnist: Mogherini Has Become Europe's Voice for Appeasement
Israel-Based Conservation Group Buys Land in Peruvian Jungle to Protect Endangered Species


U.S. Ambassador to Israel: Palestinian Reactions to Terror Killing Show Why There's No Peace

United States Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, said in a post on social media on Wednesday that those wondering why no peace can be achieved between Israelis and Palestinians should look no further than Tuesday night’s murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach and the Palestinian reaction to it, The Jerusalem Post reported.

“An Israeli father of six was killed last night in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists. Hamas praises the killers and PA [Palestinian Authority] laws will provide them financial rewards,” Friedman wrote on his Twitter account. “Look no further to why there is no peace. Praying for the bereaved Shevach family,” he added.

Rabbi Raziel Shevach, a father of six children and resident of Havat Gilad, was shot multiple times in his neck and upper body in a drive-by attack carried out by a Palestinian terrorist in the West Bank. Shevach was evacuated in critical condition to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, where he was later pronounced dead.

In response to the murder, Hamas issued a statement praising the attack. "We bless the heroic Nablus operation which comes as a result of the Zionist occupation's violations and crimes at the expense of our people in the West Bank and Jerusalem."

Tuesday's attack comes just after a report by Israel’s Ministry of Defense revealed that terrorists and their families are handsomely rewarded for their crimes by the Palestinian Authority. Last year, the PA paid over NIS 1 billion ($2.9 billion) to terrorists and their families — some 7 percent of its budget.



Obama Admin Official: Sanctions for Terrorism, Abuse, and Missiles Don’t Violate Nuke Deal

In the wake of the Iranian regime's harsh crackdown on nationwide protests, former Obama administration official wrote that the United States and Europe should "feel free to impose sanctions tied to human rights, terror and missiles notwithstanding" the nuclear deal upon Iran in an op-ed published Tuesday in Politico.

Dennis Ross, who served as a senior adviser to President Obama, in an article co-written with Richard Goldberg, the former Congressional staffer who developed many of the sanctions imposed on Iran, wrote that the nuclear deal "should not be interpreted as a blanket immunity for Iranian officials, banks and other government instrumentalities to expand their illicit activities." They explained, "If such a person or entity is found to be connected to the Revolutionary Guard, terrorism, missile proliferation and human rights abuses, it most certainly can and should be subject to sanctions—even if sanctions for that person or entity were initially suspended by the JCPOA."

By targeting members of the regime for non-nuclear violations, Ross and Goldberg argued, the administration "can uphold American values, defend our national security and keep our commitments to close allies."

It is up to President Trump, Ross and Goldberg wrote, "to rise above partisanship in a manner that galvanizes the support of the free world." In the face of Iranian oppression "silence is not an option, nor is keeping money flowing to regime officials, banks and government entities that suppress the basic rights of the Iranian people."



Bloomberg Columnist: Mogherini Has Become Europe's Voice for Appeasement

The invitation extended by the European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to discuss the status of the nuclear deal next week is one more example of her penchant for engaging the world's worst tyrants instead of pressuring them to change, Eli Lake, a columnist for Bloomberg View wrote Tuesday.

Rather than getting tough with dictators, Lake observed, Mogherini is inclined to engage with them with the goal of the "preservation of the status quo." Maintaining the status quo is a good idea "in moments of tranquility and prosperity, but not when authoritarians are on the march in Europe and Asia," Lake continued.

With regard to Iran, the EU could be in a position to take action against the regime for brutally repressing the protests over the past two weeks. Suzanne Maloney of the Brookings Institution said that "this is the European moment on Iran." Maloney argued that just as Europe took a stand against Iran when it put down protests over what is widely believed to have been a stolen election in 2009, Europe should do the same now.

Mogherini, Lake wrote, appears to have deviated from the usual approach of previous high representatives of foreign policy for the EU, who "at least tried to introduce Western values into European foreign policy. Instead Mogherini "doesn't want to offend the envoys of tyrants." The word Lake uses to describe her approach to the worst human rights abusers around is "appeasement."



Israel-Based Conservation Group Buys Land in Peruvian Jungle to Protect Endangered Species

The spectacled bear, the white fronted monkey and several kinds of jaguars can rest a bit easier now that an Israeli organization has agreed to purchase part of their habitat in the Peruvian Amazon jungle.

This is My Earth (TiME) has been running a crowdfunding campaign to buy 7,000 dunams (1,730 acres) of wild jungle in Peru. The area has a high number of species vulnerable to extinction.

TiMe is an initiative of Prof. Uri Shanas, who teaches at the University of Haifa and the Oranim Academic College in Israel, and Tel Aviv University Prof. Alon Tal, cofounder of the Israel Union for Environmental Defense and Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.

Anyone can join TiME by pledging as little as a dollar as a membership fee, after which they can vote on which regions TiME should acquire next.

In the case of Peru, an area known as the “Sun Angel’s Garden” received over 50 percent of TiME members’ votes, beating out parcels in Belize and Kenya. The region receives its name from a species of endangered birds found there known as the Royal Sunangel.

Lands are purchased by TiME become part of a nature reserve to be managed by the local community.

“2.3 percent of the planet is described as ‘hot spots’ – regions which are home to extremely rich biodiversity – but where the endemic wildlife and plants face extinction,” explained Shanas. “That’s why protecting even a relatively small area can make an enormous contribution to numerous species protection.”

(via Israel21c)


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