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The Daily TIP: As Iran Tests Missile Capable of Reaching Israel, Trump Questions Nuke Deal

Posted by Tip Staff - September 25, 2017

As Iran Tests Missile Capable of Reaching Israel, Trump Questions Nuke Deal
Ex-CIA Officer Resigns from Ploughshares After Posting Anti-Semitic Tweet
Despite Threats from Iran, Iraqi Kurds Hold Independence Referendum
Israeli Aid Teams Reach out to Help Remote Mexican Towns in Aftermath of Earthquake

As Iran Tests Missile Capable of Reaching Israel, Trump Questions Nuke Deal

Following Iran's launch of a newly unveiled ballistic missile capable of striking Israel, President Donald Trump questioned the effectiveness of the 2015 nuclear deal.

On Saturday, Iran claimed to have successfully test-launched a Khorramshahr ballistic missiles capable of carrying multiple warheads and with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles), enough to reach Israel.

"Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel.They are also working with North Korea." Trump tweeted on Saturday in response to the launch. "Not much of an agreement we have!"

Next month, Trump must decide whether or not to certify the nuclear deal. One of the criteria that Trump will have to consider is whether or not the deal serves the national security interests of the U.S. The U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley explained in a speech earlier this month, earlier this month that, by law, one of the standards the president must judge the dea, is whether it is the “national security interests” of the United States. She said that Iran’s ballistic missile technology had to be considered.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed that "We will buy, sell and develop any weapons we need and we will not ask for permission or abide by any resolution for that," following a ballistic missile test that defied UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorsed the nuclear deal, one month after the deal was agreed to. A few months later, Rouhani called on the nation's military to ramp up its development of ballistic missiles.

Ex-CIA Officer Resigns from Ploughshares After Posting Anti-Semitic Tweet

Valerie Plame, a controversial former CIA agent, resigned from the Ploughshares Fund following her tweet promoting an anti-Semitic article last week, The Hill reported Sunday.

The article from the Unz Review alleged that Jews were behind most of the wars waged by the United States.

Plame subsequently apologized for and deleted her initial tweet. One of her tweets said, "OK folks, look, I messed up. I skimmed this piece, zeroed in on the neocon criticism, and shared it without seeing and considering the rest." However critics noted that the title of the article she retweeted was "America's Jews Are Driving America's Wars," which should have been an indication of the nature of its content.

Despite the apologies, Plame later resigned, writing on Twitter, "Actions have consequences, and while I have been honored to serve on the board of the Ploughshares Fund...to avoid detracting from their mission, I have resigned."

Ploughshares, was a major promoter of the nuclear deal with Iran, even funded programming at NPR that covered the deal. In his support of the deal, Ploughshares president Joe Cirincione also used similar rhetoric that was retweeted by Plame and ultimately led to her resignation.

Despite Threats from Iran, Iraqi Kurds Hold Independence Referendum

Iran has halted flights to airports in the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq at the request of the central government in Baghdad in retaliation to a referendum on independence, Haaretz reported Monday.

The Islamic Republic stopped air traffic to the international airports of Erbil and Sulaimaniya, in Iraqi Kurdistan, as the first concrete measure against the landmark referendum on September 25, in which people from the Kurdish region voted on whether to break free from Iraq.

Reuters reported that Iran also started military exercises at the Kurdish border. On Monday, Iran’s foreign ministry further announced that the country was closing its border with the autonomous region in northern Iraq in response to a request from the Baghdad government.

The Iranian regime does not recognize its Kurdish community as a distinct ethnic group. Their culture is suppressed and their political rights denied. At least 50,000 Kurds have perished since Ayatollah Khomeini called for a “holy war” against the Kurdish people in the aftermath of the Revolution.

Leading the resistance to an independent Kurdistan, together with Iran, are Syria, Turkey, and the central government of Iraq.

The Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi’ite militias, known as Hashd al-Shaabi, are posing a serious threat to Kirkuk province in northern Iraq. The province is one of the disputed territories between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the federal government of Iraq and is currently administrated and protected by the KRG.

Israeli Aid Teams Reach out to Help Remote Mexican Towns in Aftermath of Earthquake

Mexico City was badly damaged in the deadly 7.1 magnitude September 19 earthquake, and although aid poured into the city, the hard-hit villages were left to cope alone until volunteers from Israeli humanitarian aid nonprofit IsraAID suddenly turned up.

“IsraAID was the first group to offer help to our village,” said a resident of Hueyapan in the Mexican state of Morelos, one of the areas most affected by the recent earthquakes. “We were very grateful because we hadn’t received any help yet, and we felt very forgotten.”

Naama Gorodischer, IsraAID senior director of program, tells ISRAEL21c that this reaction is typical in the villages where eight IsraAID humanitarian-aid volunteers are now providing direct medical, psychosocial and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) relief and assessing how to meet longer-term needs.

“We, too, spent the first day and a half in Mexico City in the red zones, which are severely affected because a few big buildings collapsed, creating massive damage. Outside of Mexico City there are many villages where people lost their houses but it looks very different than in the city and the red zones are smaller.” Upon learning that the villages needed urgent assistance, IsraAID’s team traveled a few hours away to Morelos and Puebla.

Three Israeli Spanish-speaking experts -– two of them from Mexico — are giving psychosocial first aid and resilience training to children and adults in coordination with IsraAID’s medical officer, who sees many villagers with stress-related physical complaints such as headache and insomnia.

(via Israel21c)

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