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The Daily TIP: As Trump and Macron Meet, Europeans Develop Plan to Keep Nuke Deal in Place

Posted by Tip Staff - April 25, 2018

As Trump and Macron Meet, Europeans Develop Plan to Keep Nuke Deal in Place
U.S. Intelligence Alarmed That New Arms Shipments from Iran to Syria Could Threaten Israel
Dismantling the Myths of John Oliver’s Pro-Iran Deal Speech
Israeli Cyclist is Only Woman on Prestigious Mountain Bike Racing Team


As Trump and Macron Meet, Europeans Develop Plan to Keep Nuke Deal in Place

As the presidents of the United States and France met and discussed the nuclear deal with Iran, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany were developing a plan that would keep the controversial deal in place without meeting the demands of President Donald Trump to fix the deal's flaws, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Diplomats told Reuters that after three months of negotiations with the United States, they had put together a number of policies that the Europeans hoped would satisfy Trump, but not affect the deal with Iran.

“This is about convincing President Trump, it’s not a new deal with Iran,” one senior European Union diplomat told Reuters.

As the American and European negotiators worked on a deal, Trump hosted French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House on Tuesday.

In his remarks, Trump reiterated his commitment to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Macron responded, "You consider that the Iranian deal, the JCPOA — the one negotiated in 2015 with Iran — is a bad deal. For a number of months, I’ve been saying that this was not a sufficient deal, but that it enabled us, at least until 2025, to have some control over their nuclear activities."

It isn’t clear if Macron agrees with the fixes to the deal that Trump is demanding. Trump has insisted that the sunset clauses are ended and restrictions on Iran’s uranium enrichment are left in place, that Iran is prevented from ballistic missile development, and that the weak inspections regime is strengthened.



U.S. Intelligence Alarmed That New Arms Shipments from Iran to Syria Could Threaten Israel

United States intelligence agencies are alarmed by a series of cargo flights from Iran to Syria that they believe could be transporting weapons systems that could threaten Israel, CNN reported Wednesday.

While CNN noted that flights between Iran and Syria are not uncommon, the flights concerning U.S. intelligence occurred in the aftermath of U.S.-led airstrikes against Syrian chemical weapons facilities earlier this month.

On Monday, social media sites that track air traffic picked up two flights from by Syrian Air Force cargo jets flying to Syria from Iran. An administration official told CNN that there have been other similar flights including at least one Iranian cargo plane.

Before the U.S.-led attack against Syria's chemical weapons stores, an airstrike targeted the Tiyas or T-4 airbase in Syria, where Iran had personnel and advanced weapons. The T-4 airstrike was attributed to Israel and seven Iranian military personnel were killed in the airstrike.

Since the attack on T-4, Iranian officials have stepped up their anti-Israel rhetoric and threatened revenge against Israel.

Last week, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said that Israel would receive “required responses sooner or later,” and that Israel “cannot take (such) an action and be exempt from punishment.” A few days earlier, Iranian Army Ground Forces commander Brigadier General Kiumars Heidari said that Israel can no longer attack Iran and that the date has already been set for Israel’s destruction.

CNN reported that Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, similarly threatened Israel.



Dismantling the Myths of John Oliver’s Pro-Iran Deal Speech

The deadline for President Donald Trump to re-certify the Iran nuclear deal is looming on May 12th. The deadline for President Donald Trump to re-certify the Iran nuclear deal is looming on May 12th. On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver gave a passionate defense of the nuclear deal with Iran. The Israel Project identified Oliver’s main arguments in favor of the JCPOA and explained the shortcomings in his analysis. The Israel Project maintains that the major flaws of the agreement must be fixed: the sunset clauses, ballistic missiles, research and development on advanced centrifuges, verification mechanisms, and the sanctions windfall from the JCPOA.

Myth 1

5:55 Oliver suggests that “Iran’s President Rouhani is relatively moderate.”

Wrong: Rouhani is not a moderate. He’s just a less extreme extremist. First, Rouhani was only elected because the ayatollah establishment put him on the ballot – the real moderates were disqualified before the election took place. Second, the human rights situation in the country has deteriorated under his reign. According to an investigation by the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, at least 966 people were put to death in the country in 2015—the highest number since 1989, twice as many as in 2010, and 10 times as many as in 2005.

Myth 2

6:04 Oliver is citing a tweet from Rouhani in which he wishes “all Jews” a Happy Rosh Hashana as a sign of his moderation.

Wrong: The accusation of having real or perceived ties to Israel is a powerful tool of oppression in the Islamic Republic and is frequently levelled against the country’s few remaining Jews. The regime denies the Holocaust and regularly calls for the elimination of the state of Israel. State-owned publications publish anti-Semitic cartoons that depict Jews as demonic and malevolent creatures.

To read the complete essay, please click here.



Israeli Cyclist is Only Woman on Prestigious Mountain Bike Racing Team

Two broken ribs would send most of us to an easy chair, wincing in pain. Extreme biker Noga Korem from Israel isn’t like most of us. Speaking to ISRAEL21c from Chile just before the Enduro World Series (EWS) first race of the season in March, she acknowledged that the bones cracked in training hurt – but so what?

“That’s just part of the game; you get injured and make the best of it,” said Korem, 26, who never considered pulling out of the grueling two-day ride through the high Andes.

Korem was crowned Breakout EWS Rider of the Year in 2017, having snagged top-10 finishes in several races despite being a “privateer,” meaning she rode solo with financial support from a few corporate sponsors, handling every detail herself from booking flights to fixing bikes.

All that changed in 2018 when she was appointed the only woman member of GT Factory Racing’s Enduro team, joining Wyn Masters (New Zealand), Martin Maes (Belgium), George Brannigan (New Zealand) and Joey Foresta (USA).

They have a manager, mechanic, trainer, chef and physical therapist (handy for those broken ribs) accompanying them on tour, and they get to test the newest GT models.

Korem is the only Israeli woman ever named to a factory team.

Though she represents the Connecticut-based GT Bicycles first and foremost, “I have the Israeli flag on my jersey, and on the EWS website they called me ‘the Israeli girl.’ It was really cool.”

(via Israel21c)


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