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The Daily TIP: Australia Set To Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Posted by Tip Staff - December 11, 2018

Australia Set To Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital
Netanyahu: Israel Will Fight Back Against Hezbollah, Coordinate with Russia in Syria
Two Car-Ramming Attacks Reported in West Bank
Israeli Medical Imaging Startup Makes TIME Magazine's List of Genius Companies

Australia Set To Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Australia is set to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, after the country’s national security committee approved the move on Tuesday night, The Times of Israel reported.

The Australian government is expected to formally announce the decision on Wednesday, although it remains unclear if the country intends to recognize the entirety of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, or just West Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, senior government sources told The Australian newspaper that the embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem appears to have been delayed because of the projected cost, estimated at $200 million. Instead, a consular office will be set up in Jerusalem.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison in October said he was “open” to recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, and that it would be "sensible" and "persuasive" to relocate the embassy there.

In a follow-up conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Australian leader said: "We're committed to a two-state solution, but frankly it hasn't been going that well, not a lot of progress has been made, and you don't keep doing the same thing and expect different results."

In a statement on social media on Tuesday, senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat harshly criticized Australia’s decision and called on Arab and Muslim countries to sever all diplomatic ties with the country, if Australia moves ahead with the announcement.

Other countries, among them the Czech Republic and Brazil, have announced their intention to move their embassies to Jerusalem. Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said in November: “As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel is a sovereign state and we shall duly respect that.”

The United States relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14, followed by Guatemala two days later.

Netanyahu: Israel Will Fight Back Against Hezbollah, Coordinate with Russia in Syria

Israel still intends to fight back against Hezbollah threats and Iran’s presence in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, despite lingering tensions between Jerusalem and Moscow over the downing of a Russian plane in Syria last September. He also said that military delegations from both countries will meet later this week to discuss coordination in Syria.

“I told President Putin that we are continuing our policy: We will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria. We will continue to take action against the precision weapons in Lebanon, and we will complete the operation to foil the tunnel threat,” Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday.

The multiple threats from Hezbollah, including the Iranian-backed terrorist group’s growing rocket arsenal and terror tunnels, as well as the risk of a permanent Iranian entrenchment near Israel’s northern border in Syria, have been countered by Israel for years.

However, an Israeli air raid on a Syrian weapons facility near the city of Latakia caused a crisis last September, when a Russian plane was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire responding to the Israeli attack. Russia accused Israel of indirectly causing the downing of the Russian spy jet, a charge Jerusalem denies.

In an effort to de-escalate tensions, Netanyahu said he and Putin had “agreed that the IDF and Russian military coordination delegations will meet soon, hopefully in the coming days, apparently in Moscow.” Netanyahu added: “President Putin and I will meet later on. This is in continuation of the very important talk we had in Paris, in order to ensure the continuation of the orderly coordination between the Russian military and the IDF, which has been maintained for several years now.”

The Times of Israel reported Tuesday that a senior Israeli military delegation will travel to Moscow this week to heal rifts between the two countries.

Two Car-Ramming Attacks Reported in West Bank

Two car-ramming attacks were reported in the West Bank, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday. The driver in one attack was killed and the driver in the second one was arrested.

The two apparently unrelated incidents come just two days after a pregnant woman and six others were wounded in a drive-by terror attack near the West Bank community of Ofra, just north of Jerusalem.

The woman is recovering at Jerusalem's Shaarei Tzedek hospital and is reported to have regained consciousness. The condition of the baby, who was delivered two months early by emergency C-section, has deteriorated.

In one car-ramming attack that took place in the town of Idhna, near Hebron, a car drove through a checkpoint and then crashed into a security vehicle. The driver then "accelerated toward a Border Police officer," and other officers fired at the car, killing the driver. The driver was identified as 27-year-old Omar Hassan al-Awawdeh.

In a separate incident, a drive aimed his car at Israeli border guards, who were protecting an operation to demolish illegally built structures in a village in the northern Jordan Valley.

When the troops fired into the air, the driver stopped and was arrested. He was later transferred to the Shin Bet for questioning.

The IDF is still seeking the perpetrators of Sunday night's shooting.

The army said in a statement, " The IDF will continue to act until the terrorists are captured and security is restored to residents.”

In October, a Palestinian shot and killed two workers at the Barkan Industrial Park. He remains at-large.

Israeli Medical Imaging Startup Makes TIME Magazine's List of Genius Companies

It’s not every day that TIME magazine calls you a genius.

“They’re not calling me a genius,” Elad Walach protests. “They’re referring to the company!”

Walach is the 30-year-old CEO of Aidoc, a two-year-old Tel Aviv-based startup that is saving lives through medical imaging.

Aidoc applies proprietary artificial intelligence to the millions of images generated every year by CT scans in order to catch serious issues before a human radiologist even has a chance to review the results.

Aidoc has already received US and European approval to assess scans of brain hemorrhages and spinal fractures.

TIME included the startup on its list of “50 Genius Companies of 2018,” a prestigious cohort that includes well-known names such as Amazon, Airbnb and Apple (and that’s just the As).

Aidoc’s always-on AI software reviews CT results as soon as they come out of the machine. If an abnormality is detected, an alert appears on the radiologist’s screen immediately.

“The radiologist doesn’t have to click anything for this to happen; that’s why it’s being used on a daily basis,” Walach tells ISRAEL21c.

The need for a solution like Aidoc is only getting more acute. In its article, TIME refers to a “looming data thrombosis” where medical information is projected to reach a total of 2.3 trillion gigabytes by 2020.

Aidoc has analyzed 40 terabytes of data a day just in the last six months. That’s too much for human radiologists – but it’s the bread and butter of machine learning and computer analysis.

(via Israel21c)

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