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The Daily TIP: As Trump Expresses Hope for Peace, PA Considers Unity Agreement with Hamas

Posted by Tip Staff - September 18, 2017

As Trump Expresses Hope for Peace, PA Considers Unity Agreement with Hamas
On Eve of U.S.-Israel Talks, Iranian Army Chief Vows to Destroy Israel at "Lightning Speed"
Argentinian Prosecutor to Review Mounting Forensic Evidence that Nisman was Murdered
Israeli Aid Workers Welcomed by U.S. Hurricane Victims

As Trump Expresses Hope for Peace, PA Considers Unity Agreement with Hamas

In his meeting Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prior to their one-on-one talk, President Donald Trump expressed hope that his administration could achieve "peace between Israel and the Palestinians," which would constitute a "fantastic achievement," even as the Palestinian Authority considers making another unity deal with terrorist group Hamas, that would torpedo any hopes for peace.

"We will discuss the way we can seize the opportunity for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and between Israel and the Arab World," Netanyahu said in his remarks. "I think these things go together, and we look forward to talking about how we can advance both.

The optimism Trump expressed about shepherding a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, could be derailed by ongoing unity talks between the PA and Hamas.

Rami Hamdallah, the PA's prime minister is set to travel to Gaza to assert the PA's control over the administration of Gaza.

If the PA agrees to Hamas's terms, "Abbas cannot expect the United States to agree to his negotiating terms if he’s just inked another agreement with a designated terror group," Grant Rumley, observed in The Atlantic.

Accepting Hamas into the PLO without forcing it to renounce terrorism would put the Palestinian Authority at odds with the Quartet’s Roadmap for Peace, which requires Palestinian leadership to issue an “unequivocal statement reiterating Israel’s right to exist in peace and security and calling for an immediate end to all acts of violence against Israelis anywhere.”

On Eve of U.S.-Israel Talks, Iranian Army Chief Vows to Destroy Israel at "Lightning Speed"

Iran's Army Commander in Chief, Major General Seyyed Abdolrahim Mousavi, threatened to destroy Israel “at lightning speed” in a series of comments made on the eve of Prime Minister Netanyahu's meeting with United States President Donald Trump.

Trump and Netanyahu are expected to discuss the grave threat posed by Iran during their meeting at a time the Trump administration is preparing a case to decertify Iran's compliance with the international nuclear deal, The Jerusalem Post reported Monday. Netanyahu is also slated to raise concerns over the growing Iranian presence in Syria.

“We will destroy the Zionist entity at lightning speed, and thus shorten the 25 years it still has left," Mousavi was quoted by the semi-official Fars News Agency in reference to a recurring threat by the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to annihilate Israel in the next quarter century.

Meanwhile, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has said that cooperating with Tehran while it “calls for Israel's destruction” flies in the face of Western values. “The fact that Iran continue to regain more and more legitimacy, while Iranian leadership continue to call for Israel’s destruction is unacceptable,” Rivlin told foreign diplomats at his residence in Jerusalem.

Israel's destruction is a topic discussed by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top Iranian officials.

Argentinian Prosecutor to Review Mounting Forensic Evidence that Nisman was Murdered

An Argentinian prosecutor will assess the findings of a group of forensic analysts who discovered more evidence indicating that Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered, The Times of Israel reported.

The investigative team, composed of twenty-eight experts ranging from psychology to ballistics concluded that Nisman was drugged and that at least one person forcefully held him down. The new report also found bruises in Nisman’s left leg, head, nose, and abdomen the Argentine news site Infobae reported (Spanish link) on Thursday.

The report also highlighted that only two footprints belonging to Nisman were found in his Puerto Madero apartment. This finding is inconsistent with Nisman’s activities on previous days, suggesting that the suspect or suspects carefully cleaned Nisman's apartment before they left to cover any tracks.

Lastly, experts explained that the position and angle of the gunshot are not compatible with that of a self-inflicted wound, making it physically impossible for Nisman to have committed suicide that way. The report will be sent to the attorney leading the case, Eduardo Taino, this week who will assess how to present the new findings to the Justice Department.

A toxicology report released in late August found ketamine and clonazepam in Nisman’s blood at the time of his death.

Nisman was found dead hours before he was scheduled to appear before a closed session of the Argentinian Congress. Before his death, Nisman drafted arrest warrants for then President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman.

Israeli Aid Workers Welcomed by U.S. Hurricane Victims

On a house-to-house mission in the Florida Keys, search-and-rescue volunteers from Israel discovered an ailing American military veteran who’d spent four days without water, electricity or telephone reception in his home as Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc outside.

“You are the first people to come down here and offer aid,” the grateful man told Tamar Citron, a member of the team from the Israel Rescue Coalition and United Hatzalah.

“We provided him with water, food and a lot of positivity,” Citron reported. “We notified local authorities and EMS teams and made sure that they followed up. Unfortunately, there are many people stuck on the Keys right now without access to food, water, electricity or a method of communication. Our entire team is heading down to the Keys to help rescue more of these people.”

Citron and volunteers from other Israeli humanitarian aid groups, who dropped everything to fly over and assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida, are finding their expertise is needed and appreciated. Israel is the only country to send multiple groups of volunteers in addition to material aid.

“Our first night in Texas [September 8] we went to a restaurant and the waiter asked us if we were in Houston for business or pleasure,” says Smadar Harpak, a therapeutic clown with Israel’s Dream Doctors Project.

“We explained that our business is pleasure, that we came to work with families who lost their homes. With tears in his eyes, the waiter said, ‘Nobody comes because they think we’re a rich country and don’t need help. It’s exciting to know someone cares about us.’ And we realized there is a lot to do here,” Harpak tells ISRAEL21c.

(via Israel21c)

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