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The Daily TIP: Austrian Chancellor Says Israel’s Security is in His Country’s “National Interest”

Posted by Tip Staff - June 12, 2018

Austrian Chancellor Says Israel’s Security is in His Country’s “National Interest”
IRGC General: With 74 Seats in Parliament, Hezbollah has Made Lebanon a “Resistance State”
Israeli Medical Team Using Enzyme-Based Therapy to Treat Guatemalan Volcano Burn Victims
Play Adapted from Israeli Movie Wins 10 Tony Awards, Including Best Musical


Austrian Chancellor Says Israel’s Security is in His Country’s “National Interest”

Israel’s security is in the “national interest” of Austria, the country’s chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Monday in a speech to delegates in Jerusalem, The Times of Israel reported. Sidestepping standard procedure, Kurz had visited the Western Wall on Sunday, the first time in recent memory a leader of a European Union country visited the holy site.

“The security of Israel is not negotiable to us,” Kurz said. “We understand the serious security threats Israel is facing. We therefore fully condemn all acts of violence, inside Israel, at its borders and beyond.”

“It’s our moral obligation that this is part of our Staatsraison, meaning in the national interest of my home country,” he added.

"When it comes to war, other countries may lose one or more battles, but can still survive. With Israel, it’s different. Israel is a strong but small country. It cannot afford to lose even one single battle, as this would determine its end,” Kurz went on.

On Sunday, Kurz visited the Western Wall as part of a tour of the Old City. The E.U. considers the Western Wall “occupied territory.” He also visited Israel's Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, and laid a wreath there with survivor Viktor Klein.

Kurz further acknowledged Austria’s guilt for Holocaust crimes and promised his country’s active participation in the fight against modern-day anti-Semitism

Kurz failed to address, however, concerns the Jewish community has over his junior coalition partner, the far-right Freedom Party, or FPÖ, for its neo-Nazi past and its current xenophobic policies.



IRGC General: With 74 Seats in Parliament, Hezbollah has Made Lebanon a “Resistance State”

A powerful Iranian general said that Hezbollah, which with its allies controls 74 seats in parliament after last month's vote, has turned Lebanon into a "Resistance state," Iran's semi-official Mehr News reported Tuesday.

Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)-Quds Force, said, "Hezbollah for the first time won 74 seats out of 128 Lebanese parliamentary seats, thus it has transformed into a Lebanese Resistance state from a Lebanese Resistance political party, and this is a great victory."

“Lebanon's recent election was a referendum. The election came at a time when everybody was accusing Hezbollah of interfering in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and the region as a whole,” the general added.

Despite Hezbollah transforming Lebanon into a "Resistance state," Soleimanei denied that Hezbollah was engaged in terrorism, describing the group as "the nicest and most decent political movement."

The Quds Force, according to the United States Treasury Department, has a "long history" of supporting Hezbollah and its terrorist activities, "providing it with guidance, funding, weapons, intelligence, and logistical support."

In October 2016, parliament elected Michel Aoun of the Free Patriotic Movement, a Hezbollah ally, as president. Hezbollah kept Lebanese politics in limbo for two and a half years until it could get an ally elected as president. Once Aoun formed a government, it was able to pass a new election law.

The election was held under that law adopted last year, which was expected to give Hezbollah a majority in parliament.



Israeli Medical Team Using Enzyme-Based Therapy to Treat Guatemalan Volcano Burn Victims

An Israeli team specializing in treating victims of burns and respiratory diseases has been using an enzyme-based gel to treat patients suffering from burns resulting from the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala, The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday. The gel was developed in Israel.

Israel's Foreign Ministry revealed that the team was using an enzyme that was developed at the Soroka-University Medical Center in Beersheba to treat burn victims.

The gel, which is made from pineapples, is produced by an Israeli company, MediWound, and removes skin damaged by burns, but leaves healthy skin intact. This allows doctors to judge the extent of the burn noninvasively.

Tal Rabin, a paramedic who is part of the Israeli team in Guatemala, saw doctors use the treatment to treat a 42-year-old village leader. The man stayed behind ensuring that others could flee the village. Rabin said, that according to the man's son, he "didn’t agree to leave until he finished helping get everyone out. That’s why he was severely injured."

Israel was one of the first nations to send aid following the eruption earlier this month, which has killed more than 100 people.

In May, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales was in Israel to attend the opening of his nation's embassy in Jerusalem. Guatemala was the second country to move its embassy to Jerusalem. The United States was first to move its embassy to Israel's capital earlier in the month.



Play Adapted from Israeli Movie Wins 10 Tony Awards, Including Best Musical

“The Band’s Visit,” a musical about an Egyptian police band’s accidental visit to an Israeli desert town, took 10 awards home from the 72nd Tony Awards for live Broadway theater, held on June 10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The play was named best musical and also won awards in the musical category for best direction (David Cromer), lead actor (Tony Shalhoub), lead actress (Katrina Lenk), book (Itamar Moses), orchestration, sound design, original score (David Yazbek), lighting and featured actor (Ari’el Stachel).

“The Band’s Visit,” which opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on November 9, 2017, was based on the 2007 Israeli movie “Bikur Ha-Tizmoret” written and directed by Eran Kolirin.

The Israeli company GalaPro provided an app that enabled Tony audience members with visual or hearing impairments to enjoy the show without human interpreters.

In his acceptance speech, Stachel spoke about growing up as the son of an Israeli-Yemenite father and Ashkenazi New York mother. He thanked the creators of the show “for being courageous for telling a small story about Arabs and Israelis getting along at a time that we need that more than ever.”

(via Israel21c)


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