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Israel’s Finance Ministry Cuts Red Tape to Expedite U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Posted by Tip Staff - March 29, 2018

Israel’s Finance Ministry Cuts Red Tape to Expedite U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem
Jordan Approves New Israeli Ambassador to Kingdom
Water Crisis Spurring Protests in Iran
Israeli Researchers Announce Breakthrough That Could Allow Computers to Run 100x Faster

Israel’s Finance Ministry Cuts Red Tape to Expedite U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Israel's Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon will fast track approvals necessary for the United States Embassy to open in Jerusalem in time to celebrate the nation's 70th anniversary, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

“As we promised, we won’t let unnecessary bureaucracy delay moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital,” Kahlon, who tweeted his intent to President Donald Trump last week, said. “This is a diplomatic, strategic move for Israel, and the planning bodies that I head will do all that is necessary to fit the schedule. As Finance minister of the State of Israel, I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of this historic move.”

A spokesman for Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat stated that all construction in Israel requires authorization but that it is up to "the finance minister to give an exemption from this process in special cases."

“Nothing is stuck, the opposite is true,” Barkat's spokesman clarified. “We are in constant contact with the Americans and they are fully satisfied.”

In December of last year, Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announced that the United States would begin the process of moving the embassy from Tel Aviv. A month later, Vice President Mike Pence announced in front of Israel's Knesset that the move would take place before the end of 2019. In February of this year, the State Department announced that the move would take place in May to coincide with Israel's 70th birthday.

Jordan Approves New Israeli Ambassador to Kingdom

Jordan has accepted Israel's choice of new ambassador to the kingdom as relations between the two countries improve following a months-long dispute, The Times of Israel reported on Thursday.

Israel's Foreign Ministry named Amir Weissbrod as ambassador last month and his appointment received final confirmation by the Israeli cabinet on February 25.

Weissbrod is a career diplomat who is fluent in Arabic. He previously served as first secretary in Israel's Jordan embassy between 2001 and 2004 and was posted in Israel’s Liaison Bureau in Morocco.

The Wednesday approval came after the two countries agreed to end a delicate diplomatic standoff.

Diplomatic relations between Jordan and Israel deteriorated after an Israeli security guard at the Israeli embassy in Amman shot and killed two Jordanians, who Israel said opened fire in self-defense after one of the men tried to attack him with a screw driver. The second man, the landlord, was killed accidentally by a stray bullet when Moyal opened fire.

The previous ambassador, Einat Schlein, hurriedly left Amman in July along with Ziv Moyal, the security guard at the center of the crisis. An understanding was reached in January between Israel and Jordan that Schlein would not return to the country. Israel also agreed to pay compensation to the government of Jordan.

Mohammed Momani, a Jordanian government spokesperson, said in January that Israel agreed to all of Jordan's preconditions for resuming diplomatic relations, including pressing legal charges against the security guard.

Water Crisis Spurring Protests in Iran

A lack of water has been spurring protests in Iran against the regime since the beginning of the year, Reuters reported Thursday.

Gathering information from online videos, Reuters reported that the protests over the water crisis have taken place mostly in Isfahan, located in central Iran, and the Khuzestan province in the west, which is largely inhabited by non-Persian Arabs who call the region Ahwaz.

At one of the earlier demonstrations, at the beginning of the month, protesters were seen carrying signs with the tongue-in-cheek message, "Death to farmers, long live oppressors!" While attendance at the earlier protests in the town of Varzaneh, near Isfahan, was light, a week later more people joined in.

In the later protests dozens of police on motorcycles were seen confronting protesters. A witness said that tear gas was used.

According to the Islamic Republic of Iran Meteorological Organization, approximately 97% of the country is experiencing drought conditions. The drought, according to advocacy groups, has caused dislocation. "Towns and villages around Isfahan have been hit so hard by drought and water diversion that they have emptied out and people who lived there have moved,” Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director for the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), said.

In The Slow Destruction of Iran’s Water Supply, which was published in the March 2017 issue of The Tower Magazine, Nik Kowsar detailed how Iran’s rulers ruined the country’s water supply and described how he was ostracized and forced to flee for criticizing those policies.

Israeli Researchers Announce Breakthrough That Could Allow Computers to Run 100x Faster

Researchers have created technology that will enable our computers, text messages and phone calls to run 100 times faster through terahertz microchips.

Until now, the major challenges that stood in the way of creating the terahertz microchip were overheating and scalability. However, following three years of extensive research, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) physicist Uriel Levy and his team have shown proof of concept using flash memory technology.

“This discovery could help fill the ‘THz gap’ and create new and more powerful wireless devices that could transmit data at significantly higher speeds than currently possible,” said Levy, head of HU’s Nano-Opto Group.

“In the world of high-tech advances, this is game-changing technology,” he added.

In a paper published in the journal Laser and Photonics Review, Levy and HU emeritus professor Joseph Shappir showed proof of concept for an optic technology that integrates the speed of optic communications with the reliability and manufacturing scalability of electronics.

Optic communications includes all technologies that use light to carry information through fiber-optic cables, such as the Internet, email, text messages, phone calls, the cloud and data centers, among others.

By using a metal-oxide-nitride-oxide-silicon (MONOS) structure, Levy and his team have come up with a new integrated circuit that uses flash memory technology – the kind used in flash drives – in microchips.

This technology, if successful, will enable standard 8-16 gigahertz computers to run 100 times faster and will bring all optical devices closer to the terahertz chip.

(via Israel21c)

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