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Palestinians must stop the hate if they want peace

Posted by Tip Staff - February 15, 2017
Stop the hate. Speaking in a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Wednesday, President Donald Trump was crystal clear: Palestinians must end their indoctrination of anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in order for peace to be possible.

“They’re taught tremendous hate. I’ve seen what they’re taught,” said the President, adding that such acculturation “starts at a very young age and it starts in the school room.” Many Palestinian educational materials glamorize Hitler and the killing of Jews (not to mention the destruction of Israel). 

Trump also indicated a shift in American policy towards an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Rather than insisting on a two-state solution, as his two immediate predecessors did as official policy, Trump was more ambivalent, stating, “I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like.” The key takeaway from Trump’s remarks was that ultimately it will be up to the two parties to negotiate and come up with the solution they find best. 

His meeting in Washington with Netanyahu was the earliest of its kind—no administration has met with the Israeli premier so soon into its term.

United we stand. The Trump administration has been in talks with Sunni Arab states to form a NATO-like mutual defense organization to counter Iran and ISIS, which would share intelligence with Israel, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The coalition would consist of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Jordan; other Arab countries would be able to join as well.

An Arab diplomat told the Journal, “They’ve been asking diplomatic missions in Washington if we’d be willing to join this force that has an Israeli component. Israel’s role would be intelligence sharing, not training or boots on the ground. They’d provide intelligence and targets. That’s what the Israelis are good at.” The Journal continued, “In talks with administration officials over the past two weeks, Emirati and Saudi officials have expressed admiration for Israeli security and intelligence capabilities, tacitly agreeing to pool intelligence with the Israelis if the alliance is formed.” Saudi Maj. Gen. Ahmed Asiri said, “With Israel, we don’t have official relations…[But] the Israelis are facing the same Iranian threat, exactly like us.”

The Arab countries have reportedly said they would welcome “overt cooperation with Israel” if the latter halts settlement construction, and such cooperation would also be contingent upon the U.S. not moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often mentioned warmer relations between Israel and Arab countries. On Wednesday, during a joint press conference with President Donald Trump at the White House, Netanyahu said, “For the first time in Israel’s lifetime and my lifetime, Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy but as an ally.”

To infinity, and beyond! India launched 104 nanosatellites via a single rocket into orbit Wednesday—two of them Israeli. The launching of the 104 satellites set a new record, trumping Russia’s previous feat of sending 37 satellites in a single launch in 2014.

One of the Israeli satellites—slightly larger than a milk carton—will study climate change and scientific phenomena from space. It was developed by Ben Gurion University in collaboration with the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, and will be the first time that any Israeli university will have access to data from an Israeli nanosatellite for research purposes.

Indian-Israeli ties are steadily growing closer. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning a trip to Israel in 2017—the first ever of its kind. The announcement came last month after the two countries celebrated 25 years of diplomatic relations.

New evidence found in ancient Judean clay jars shows Earth’s geomagnetic field has been fluctuating for thousands of years and that there is no reason to be worried about its current welfare, even though it is diminishing and some scientists suspect it is about to flip. In a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers from Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and University of California-San Diego cite data obtained from the analysis of 67 well-dated Judean jar handles. These heat-impacted ceramic pots, which bear royal stamp impressions from the eighth to second centuries BCE, show evidence of changes in the strength of the geomagnetic field over the years. “The period spanned by the jars allowed us to procure data on the Earth’s magnetic field during that time — the Iron Age through the Hellenistic Period in Judea,” said Erez Ben-Yosef of TAU’s Institute of Archaeology, the study’s lead investigator. Scientists don’t entirely understand the function of the geomagnetic field, but some suspect there’s a correlation between magnetic pole flips, which leave the planet vulnerable to cosmic radiation, and mass extinctions. “This new finding puts the recent decline in the field’s strength into context. Apparently, this is not a unique phenomenon – the field has often weakened and recovered over the last millennia,” said Ben-Yosef. (via Israel21c)

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