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The Daily TIP: Wisconsin Governor Walker Signs Law Banning Discriminatory Anti-Israel Boycotts

Posted by Tip Staff - April 04, 2018

Wisconsin Governor Walker Signs Law Banning Discriminatory Anti-Israel Boycotts

Trump Reassures Netanyahu over U.S. Role in Syria on Phone Call After Mixed Messages

Israel Thwarts Major Palestinian Islamic Jihad Terror Plot

Government-Supported Program Helps Israeli Teens Get Early Start on High-Tech Careers

 

Wisconsin Governor Walker Signs Law Banning Discriminatory Anti-Israel Boycotts

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Tuesday signed an anti-Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) bill into law reaffirming the state’s commitment to Israel, the governor’s office announced.

“We are committed to maintaining and strengthening our relationship with Israel,” said Governor Walker. “We stand firmly against discrimination in any form, and we are making clear that our state government will not engage with those who boycott Israel.”

Last October, Governor Walker led a 15-member trade delegation to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. At the time, Wisconsin issued Executive Order #261 prohibiting state agencies from contracting with any business entity that engages in a boycott of Israel.

TIP CEO and President Josh Block praised Wisconsin’s decision: “The Israel Project is grateful to Governor Walker for his leadership in fighting against BDS discrimination. For years, Israel – and only Israel – has been targeted by this deceptive attempt to delegitimize its very right to exist. BDS proponents do not seek a better life for the Palestinians, nor do they aim to create a political environment favorable to a lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors.”

“Their true aim is the destruction of the Jewish state,” Block added.

Wisconsin and Israel enjoy a robust trading relationship, with exports totaling more than $80 million annually and importing more than $200 million annually.

To date, 24 states across the country have passed important anti-BDS legislation. These bills have passed either by unanimous votes or by extremely wide margins, indicating strong bipartisan consensus.



Trump Reassures Netanyahu over U.S. Role in Syria on Phone Call After Mixed Messages

United States President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone about “recent developments in the Middle East,” following a violent Hamas-led march at the Gaza border and plans for the U.S. to pull out of Syria. Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to counter Iran’s aggressive expansionism in the region.

The Times of Israel reported that Israel voiced concerns over U.S. plans to withdraw, a move Israel fears will strengthen the Assad regime and its main patron Iran.

statement released by the White House said that “President Trump reiterated the commitment of the United States to Israel’s security,” and added that “the two leaders agreed to continue their close coordination on countering Iran’s malign influence and destabilizing activities.”

At a news conference, Trump was asked about the potential withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.

“As far as Syria is concerned, our primary mission in terms of that was getting rid of ISIS,” Trump answered. “We’ve completed that task and we’ll be making a decision very quickly, in coordination with others in the area, as to what we will do.” The mission, he said, is “very costly for our country and it helps other countries a helluva lot more than it helps us.”

The Jewish state’s top priority is to contain Iran’s malign influence in the neighboring country and stop the illicit weapons flow to the Islamic Republic’s Lebanon-based proxy Hezbollah.

On Monday, a U.S. defense official said that the country would send dozens of troops to Syria to add to the 2,000 troops already there assisting U.S. allied forces.



Israel Thwarts Major Palestinian Islamic Jihad Terror Plot

The Israeli navy thwarted an attempt by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a Gaza-based terror group that is backed by Iran, to carry out a “major” terror attack, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

The incident took place last month, when the IDF boarded a fishing boat that had gone beyond the distance it was allowed to travel from Gaza. The IDF arrested ten Palestinians and took them into custody.

During interrogation, Amin Sa’adi Muhammad Jum’a, the alleged ringleader, confessed that the boat was part of a plot to lure an Israeli patrol boat into an attack. The goal was to get an Israeli boat to approach the first boat, after which a second boat would fire a Kornet missile at it. The terrorists would then board the Israeli vessel to kidnap sailors who survived the initial attack.

According to the Shin Bet, Jum’a had been collecting intelligence for PIJ for awhile in preparation for the attack.

“I praise the IDF and the ISA for thwarting the terrorist attack at sea planned by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization. The security forces will operate on every front to protect the State of Israel and its citizens,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “This is proof of the true intentions of the terror organizations in Gaza which are trying to camouflage their murderous intentions by organizing provocations on the security fence, the goal of which is to provide cover for terrorists to carry out acts of terrorism against Israel.”

This is the latest attempt by PIJ to attack Israel. Members of PIJ were killed, along with members of Hamas, in October when Israel destroyed a terror tunnel that was being built into Israel.



Government-Supported Program Helps Israeli Teens Get Early Start on High-Tech Careers

 

Binyamin Houri, 17, from the southern working-class city of Netivot, skipped a grade and now works at Dynamic Yield as a programmer while his peers finish high school. Yotam Salomon, 17, from Kiryat Ata in the Haifa district, has been working during school holidays and in his spare time for the past three years developing software for 3D printers at a local startup.

“I never felt like a child who is being told what to do – what I think and say always matters. I am treated just like any other worker,” says Yotam, who completed his matriculation exams in math, English and computer science ahead of schedule.

Binyamin and Yotam are graduates of a national cyber-education program, Magshimim, operated by the Cyber Education Center of the Rashi Foundation to train youth from Israeli periphery regions as cyber-tech professionals.

The program helps them train for fruitful careers and also addresses Israel’s growing dearth of qualified high-tech workers.

Among Magshimim’s 234 graduates last year, 61 worked in high-tech companies even before starting their military service after high school.

According to Magshimim data, 92 percent of the placements last year were at the companies’ initiative, based mostly on recommendations and “bring a friend.”

Magshimim was established in partnership with the Ministry of Defense in an effort to increase the representation of young people from the periphery in the cyber and Intelligence units of the IDF and in the high-tech industry.

(via Israel21c)


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