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The Daily TIP: Amb. Haley: In Fighting Bias, A "New Day" for Israel Has Arrived at the United Nations

Posted by Tip Staff - July 24, 2018

Amb. Haley: In Fighting Bias, A "New Day" for Israel Has Arrived at the United Nations
IDF Shoots Down Syrian Jet that Violated Israeli Airspace
Israel Offers Aid to Greece Following Deadly Wildfires
U.S. Veterans to Get Israeli-Made Shock-Absorbing Wheelchairs

Amb. Haley: In Fighting Bias, A "New Day" for Israel Has Arrived at the United Nations

United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, vowed on Monday that “a new day” has come for Israel at the United Nations when she addressed the institution’s chronic bias against the Jewish State.

"From now on, every country knows that the United States will not just block anti-Israel measures, we will shine a light on those who are responsible. There won’t be any more free passes for those who bully Israel at the UN,” Haley said at an event in Washington.

"Sometimes we are winning at the UN through persuasion," she added.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the ambassador was referring to a recent vote in the General Assembly that allowed debate on Hamas' responsibility for the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

Haley further observed that the Trump administration was "pushing to draw a closer connection between US foreign aid and whether countries support US interests at the UN.” The U.S. recently cut funding to the Palestinian Authority over its refusal to give up its “Pay to Slay” program, a policy that financially rewards Palestinian terrorists and their families. The Trump administration also slashed the funds of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees.

Haley concluded by advocating for a strong bond between Israel and the U.S. "We live in a world in which terrorist groups and even some countries openly call for Israel’s destruction," she said. "Many other countries encourage or turn a blind eye to blatant discrimination against Israel."

IDF Shoots Down Syrian Jet that Violated Israeli Airspace

Israeli Patriot missiles shot down a Syria Sukhoi fighter jet that entered one mile into Israeli airspace, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

Israel said that it tracked the plane from the time it took off from the T-4 airbase and traveled "at high speed" towards the Golan.

IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told reporters, "We have passed a number of messages, in a number of languages in order to ensure that no one violates Israeli air space."

Conricus said that though the make of the jet was Russian, Israel was certain that it was Syrian.

Israel has insisted that it would enforce the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement with Syria, which established a demilitarized zone between the two combatants.

The plane's infiltration set off rocket alert sirens across northeastern Israel.

It was the second time in two days that the sirens were sounded. On Monday, two ballistic missiles headed towards Israel set off the alarms and prompted the first use of Israel's David Sling missile defense system.

Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser, the former director-general of Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs, explained at a press briefing hosted by The Israel Project that the two incidents showed "some of the potential repercussions [of fighting in the Syrian Civil war now focused close to the Israeli border] and the potential misunderstandings of something like that.”

Israel Offers Aid to Greece Following Deadly Wildfires

Israel offered aid to Greece in the wake of wildfires that have killed at least 50 people, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

"In light of the severe #Greecefires, Israeli authorities (the National Security Council in the Prime Minister's Office and the Israeli Embassy in Athens) contacted their counterparts in #Greece and offered Israel's aid," Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted. The ministry added, "Greek authorities responded that at this stage they have gained control of the fires. Israel has emergency teams waiting on stand-by. Israel stands ready to aid Greece in any way necessary. The Greek authorities have expressed their thanks to Israel for its offer of aid."

Similarly, Israel's Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan wrote, "My heart goes out to the people and government of #Greece, who are facing devastating wildfires. Israel stands ready to assist our friend and ally Greece in fighting the flames with ground or aerial support, as soon as we are asked."

Greece was one of the countries that sent firefighters to Israel when Israel experienced nationwide wildfires in November 2016. The response to the Israeli wildfires prompted Israel, Greece and Cyprus to form a regional disaster response force to handle natural disasters and other emergencies.

Israel, in recent years, has developed closer diplomatic ties to Greece. This has been driven by discoveries of natural gas in Israeli territorial waters in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Israel, Greece, and Cyprus have been cooperating on efforts to export the gas to Europe.

U.S. Veterans to Get Israeli-Made Shock-Absorbing Wheelchairs

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approved the purchase of 2,000 patented shock-absorbing Acrobat wheels over the next three years from Israel’s SoftWheel for disabled vets’ wheelchairs.

The purchase is being facilitated as part of a $4.5 million deal signed between SoftWheel and American wheelchair manufacturer Key Mobility, an approved VA supplier.

Any wheelchair-bound veteran of the US Armed Forces will be entitled to receive a $2,500 set of SoftWheel Acrobat wheels, which can be adjusted to the user’s weight to make the suspension as effective as possible.

The Acrobat wheel incorporates a unique selective suspension mechanism that kicks in when encountering obstacles or bumps such as uneven terrain or curbs, making for a smoother ride and alleviating back and neck pain because the wheels – rather than the chair and rider — absorb the vibration.

Tel Aviv-based SoftWheel was incorporated in 2011 and has distributors in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, and production facilities in Haifa and Canada. The Key Mobility agreement reportedly is SoftWheel’s largest deal so far.

SoftWheel models for bicycles and cars will be coming next.

(via Israel21c)

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