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The Daily TIP: Amb. Haley Says "Hate-Filled" Speech by Abbas Shows He's Not Ready to Make Peace

Posted by Tip Staff - January 25, 2018

WATCH: Amb. Haley Says "Hate-Filled" Speech by Abbas Shows He's Not Ready to Make Peace
Arab Attendance at Israeli Universities up 79% During Past Seven Years
Experts: Hezbollah is a Terror Group with One "Wing;" Parliament Should Vote Accordingly
Israeli App for Diagnosing Brain Diseases Wins U.S. Artificial Intelligence Prize

WATCH: Amb. Haley Says "Hate-Filled" Speech by Abbas Shows He's Not Ready to Make Peace

Referring to a recent “hate-filled” speech given by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in which he declared the Oslo Accords dead, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the UN Security Council Thursday, “A speech that indulges in outrageous and discredited conspiracy theories is not the speech of a person with the courage and the will to seek peace.”

Haley, who was addressing the Security Council during its monthly meeting to address the Middle East, said that she would “set aside her usual practice” of highlighting the Iranian threat to the Middle East and instead address what she called the “important element” of making peace, specifically “leaders who have the will to do what’s needed to achieve peace.”

Haley said that in his recent speech to the Palestinian Liberation Organization Central Committee, Abbas “declared the landmark Oslo Peace Accords dead. He rejected any American role in peace talks. He insulted the American President. He called for suspending recognition of Israel. He invoked an ugly and fictional past, reaching back to the 17th century to paint Israel as a colonialist project engineered by European powers.”

She added that the United States “remains fully prepared and eager to pursue peace,” which would require compromise, but “hate-filled speeches and end-runs around negotiations take us nowhere.”

In remarks at the World Economic Forum as he met Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump also put the onus for lack of progress in peace talks on the Palestinians.

Arab Attendance at Israeli Universities up 79% During Past Seven Years

The number of Arab students attending Israeli universities has increased by 78.5% over the past seven years, according to new research by Israel’s Council for Higher Education (CHE), The Times of Israel reported on Thursday.

In total, the number of Arab students in Israeli universities grew from 26,000 in 2010 to 47,000 in 2017.

Arab students accounted for 16.1% of undergraduate students in Israeli universities, up from 10.2 % in 2010, the survey revealed. In graduate programs, the percentage of Arab students since 2010 has doubled from 6.2% to 13%. In postgraduate programs, 60% more Arab students are enrolled, up from 3.9% to 6.3%.

The Israeli government has invested $88 million on the program in 2012-2016, which seeks to better integrate the Arab Israeli community into higher education. Because of the success of the initiative, the government has decided to extend its financial support to 2022, with a total budget of $294 million.

The survey further showed that there has been an increase of Arab students in subjects in which their representation has been low in the past. This includes courses in engineering (66%), mathematics and hard sciences (44%), humanities (66%) and business administration (87%).

The Bedouin community, however, remains severely underrepresented in Israeli academia.

Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats, chairperson of the CHE’s planning and budgeting committee, said in statement: “The Planning and Budget committee defined the multi-year plan for accessibility and narrowing of the gaps in the higher education system as a central goal.”

Experts: Hezbollah is a Terror Group with One "Wing;" Parliament Should Vote Accordingly

Ahead of a vote in the House of Commons Thursday to designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization, two experts have urged Members of Parliament to recognize that there is no distinction between the so-called "political" and "military" wings of the Lebanon-based group.

Writing in The Spectator, Lord Richard Dannatt, the former Chief of the General Staff of the British Army, argued that "nobody seriously believes that anyone other than Hassan Nasrallah has the final word in its chain of command, be it on politics or terrorism."

The way to counter Hezbollah's threat would be to designate "Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist group."

Matthew Levitt, the director of the counterterrorism program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, noted in The Hill that Hezbollah's terrorist wing was banned in the United Kingdom in 2001 and its military wing in 2008, but that "Hezbollah must find this pretty bemusing."

As Levitt noted, Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem, famously boasted that Hezbollah does not “have a military wing and a political one; we don’t have Hezbollah on one hand and the resistance party on the other…Every element of Hezbollah, from commanders to members as well as our various capabilities, are in the service of the resistance, and we have nothing but the resistance as a priority.”

"The only way to 'dry up' the financial and material support for Hezbollah that still flows from the UK and elsewhere in Europe," Levitt concluded, "is to designate the group in its entirety."

Israeli App for Diagnosing Brain Diseases Wins U.S. Artificial Intelligence Prize

An Israeli startup specializing in neurological disorders is the winner of Henry Ford Health System’s first-ever artificial intelligence (AI) challenge.

Montfort (Mon4T)’s real-time brain monitor leverages smartphone technology to conduct, record and analyze data from a set of digital tests from patients with conditions like Parkinson’s disease and normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH).

Henry Ford Innovations, established in 2011 to support the health system’s technologies, issued the challenge last fall as part of a program in Israel designed to bring Israeli technologies to the US healthcare market. Montfort was chosen winner out of a pool of 50 applicants.

With more than one billion people suffering from neurological diseases worldwide and several thousand patients per neurologist, Montfort’s solution developed out of a need for more personal care and feedback.

“If we can come to depend on machine learning solutions to ease the burden involved with a lot of these routine tests and diagnostics, then that leaves more time for patient care,” said Mark Coticchia, Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer for Henry Ford Health System.

Montfort’s “master app,” available for both iOS and Android, is installed on the patient’s smartphone and links to all of the device’s integral sensors including touchscreen, microphone, and accelerometers. Indicators are provided in three dimensions: motor, cognitive and affective.

As the winner of the AI Challenge, Montfort will receive funding up to $75,000 to sponsor research and clinical development of its technology at Henry Ford, headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.

(via Israel21c)

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