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The Daily TIP: Amb. Nikki Haley Says Condemning Hamas for Rocket Attacks is a "No-Brainer"

Posted by Tip Staff - May 31, 2018

Amb. Nikki Haley Says Condemning Hamas for Rocket Attacks is a "No-Brainer"
Russian, Indian Oil Companies Reassess Business with Iran in Face of Renewed U.S. Sanctions
Swiss FM Says UNRWA Has Become "Part of the Problem"
Israeli Researchers Develop Nanotechnology that Could Replace Blades for Oral Surgery

Amb. Nikki Haley Says Condemning Hamas for Rocket Attacks is a "No-Brainer"

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blasted the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday for failing to agree on a statement condemning Hamas for its rocket attacks on Israel earlier this week, calling such a condemnation a "no-brainer." She added, "Apparently, some Council members did not think Hamas launching rockets qualified as terrorism. The United States begs to differ."

Haley convened an emergency meeting of the Security Council Wednesday following a barrage of more than 100 rockets and mortars fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip into Israel a day earlier.

The U.S. ambassador had called on the council to release a statement condemning the rocket and mortar attacks by Hamas and other terror groups. However, statements from the United Nations Security Council must be approved unanimously, and Kuwait, a non-permanent member of the Security Council, vetoed the statement, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

Kuwait is attempting to introduce its own resolution which "calls for the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population."

Israel's Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon called Kuwait's machinations "cynical" and "shameful."

The representatives for the United Kingdom, France, and the European Union all "unequivocally condemned" the Hamas-led attacks.

In her statement, Haley recounted, “The United States drafted a Security Council statement that would have condemned Hamas for launching rockets and endangering civilians. This should have been a no-brainer. You would think no one would want to side with Hamas when it comes to condemning rocket launches.”

Russian, Indian Oil Companies Reassess Business with Iran in Face of Renewed U.S. Sanctions

Leading Russian and Indian oil companies will cut links with the Islamic Republic of Iran amid threats of United States sanctions following the withdrawal from the JCPOA, as the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran is known, Radio Free Europe reported Thursday.

Lukoil, Russia’s second biggest oil producer, announced on Tuesday that it will not proceed with projects in Iran. Lukoil had been in talks with Iranian officials over the development of Abe Timur and Mansuri oilfields in west-central Iran. An Lukoil official said, “Considering the latest developments, I guess, it’s too early to say what our plans will be. For the moment, basically, we have everything on hold.”

Meanwhile, India’s Reliance Industries, which owns the world’s biggest refining complex, will halt oil imports from Iran at the end of the year, according to sources familiar with the matter. India’s government had earlier said it would defy U.S. sanctions. Reliance reportedly reached the decision after insurance companies said they would withdraw coverage for Iranian transactions.

Both developments highlight the powerful effect of U.S. sanctions on curbing trade with Iran. Foreign firms that do business with Iran are already being targeted by tailored sanctions. However, U.S. President Donald Trump’s May 8 order expanded the threat by declaring that the old sanctions on shipping, oil and energy will start to be re-imposed within 180 days, as well as that all Iranian state and financial institutions will be relisted in the sanctions list until November 5th.

Swiss FM Says UNRWA Has Become "Part of the Problem"

Switzerland's new foreign minister has once again criticized the United Nations agency in charge of Palestinian refugees, saying that UNRWA has become "part of the problem" in the Middle East, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

Two weeks ago, Ignazio Cassis said that UNRWA hindered the prospects of peace in the Middle East by fueling "unrealistic" hopes of Palestinians returning to their homes.

The Times reported that Cassis, who had been discussing Switzerland's funding of UNRWA, said on a radio show that the Swiss should ask questions about what those funds are accomplishing.

He defended his earlier expressed skepticism of the utility of UNRWA saying, "What I said, I said after a long discussion with the director general of UNRWA, so I spoke with full knowledge of the facts."

In his statement earlier this month, Cassis explained that the number of Palestinians classified as refugees by UNRWA rose from 750, 000 in 1950 to 5 million in 2013 due to that organization’s unique policy of automatically awarding hereditary refugee status. The vast majority of the descendants of refugees are living in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the West Bank, and Gaza.

“It provides ammunition to continue the conflict. For as long as Palestinians live in refugee camps, they will want to return to their homeland,” Cassis said, adding that “by supporting UNRWA, we are keeping the conflict alive.”

Israeli Researchers Develop Nanotechnology that Could Replace Blades for Oral Surgery

Israeli researchers have developed a nanotechnology that replaces the surgical scalpel with an “enzymatic blade.” The novel technology is based on enzymes – biological molecules the body uses to repair itself — as well as nanoparticles for achieving a targeted therapeutic profile.

In an article published recently in ACS Nano, the researchers describe how the application of this technology in an oral surgical procedure avoids the pain associated with orthodontic surgeries and significantly reduces tissue recovery time.

“Surgical blades are common medical tools. However, blades cannot distinguish between healthy and diseased tissue, thereby creating unnecessary damage, lengthening recovery, and increasing pain. We propose that surgical procedures can rely on natural tissue remodeling tools — enzymes, which are the same tools our body uses to repair itself,” the scientists wrote.

In the United States alone, approximately 5 million people undergo orthodontic treatment each year. To speed up treatment, which typically lasts about two years, many undergo invasive surgery in which collagen fibers that connect the tooth to the underlying bone tissue are cut.

The technology developed by doctoral candidate Assaf Zinger at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa softens the collagen fibers via the targeted release of collagenase – an enzyme that specifically breaks down collagen.

In a preclinical trial, the researchers compared the efficacy of the controlled-release system (in combination with orthodontic braces) to that of standard orthodontic treatment and concluded that the system reduces the time required for straightening teeth and improving therapeutic outcome.

(via Israel21c)

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