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The Daily TIP: Bahrain FM: Kingdom will Normalize Ties with Israel “Eventually”

Posted by Tip Staff - February 19, 2019

Bahrain FM: Kingdom will Normalize Ties with Israel “Eventually”
Hezbollah Threatens Attacks on Israeli Passenger Aircrafts, Ben-Gurion Airport
Former U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley Awarded Pro-Israel Award, Vows to Continue “Fighting”
First Israeli Spacecraft, Beresheet, to Examine Magnetic Properties of Lunar Rocks

 

Bahrain FM: Kingdom will Normalize Ties with Israel “Eventually”

The Kingdom of Bahrain will “eventually” establish diplomatic ties with the Jewish State, the country’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said Thursday in an exclusive interview with The Times of Israel.

Asked on the sidelines of the Middle East conference in Warsaw, Khalifa responded affirmatively when questioned if he believed Bahrain and Israel would form full diplomatic relations. “Yes, eventually,” the minister said.

Both Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the U.S.-led summit in the Polish capital this week. Netanyahu stood side-by-side with Arab leaders at a conference hailed by United States Vice President, Mike Pence, as the “beginning of a new era.”

Pence observed that the summit saw “Prime Minister Netanyahu from the State of Israel, with leaders from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, all breaking bread together, and later in this conference sharing honest perspectives on the challenges facing the area.”

At the opening dinner Wednesday night at Warsaw’s Royal Castle, the Israeli leader hailed the opportunity to address top officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain — none of which recognize the Jewish State.

“In a room of some 60 foreign ministers, representative of dozens of governments, an Israeli prime minister and the foreign ministers of the leading Arab countries stood together and spoke with unusual force, clarity and unity against the common threat of the Iranian regime,” Netanyahu noted.

So far, Israel only has diplomatic relations with two Arab countries, neighboring Egypt and Jordan. However, several Arab leaders have made public gestures toward Israel in recent months. Both the Arab world and Israel see Iran as their biggest outside threat and the U.S. as their key ally.

In April 2018, in an interview with The Atlantic magazine, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said Israel had a “right” to a homeland. In October 2018, Oman publicly called for regional recognition of Israel, a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an historic visit to the Sultanate.

In an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal in November, The Israel Project’s CEO and President, Josh Block, wrote that, “The rapprochement between Israel and the Arab world will change the region for the better.”

Read more at The Tower.

Hezbollah Threatens Attacks on Israeli Passenger Aircrafts, Ben-Gurion Airport

The Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, which exercises complete political and military control over Lebanon, appears to have threatened to attack Israeli passenger flights and popular tourist destinations in the Jewish State in a video circulated on social media, JNS reported Thursday.

The video marked the anniversary of the death of former Hezbollah military commander Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed on February 12, 2008 by a car bomb blast in the Kafr Sousa neighborhood of Damascus. Hezbollah attributed the assassination to the Mossad and the CIA.

In the video, shared by Mughniyeh’s sister, Zeinab, the group vowed to take revenge for Israeli airstrikes on weapons stockpiles belonging to Hezbollah and Iran in Syria and Lebanon. The footage included images of El Al Israel Airline planes, as well as pictures of Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.

Hezbollah, so far, has not officially claimed credit for the video.

Mughniyeh was the mastermind of attacks on the United States Embassy and Marine barracks that killed hundreds of Americans in Lebanon in 1983. 

Mughniyeh also orchestrated the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, which killed 29 people.

In 2014, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif laid a wreath at the grave of the assassinated Hezbollah military commander within hours of inking an agreement with the U.S. and members of the P5+1, the group that eventually negotiated the 2015 nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic.

Throughout the week, Hezbollah targeted senior Israeli politicians and other public figures online via messages the terrorist group sent on WhatsApp and Telegram. One of the messages included a photo of Mughniyeh with the caption: “Revenge is inevitable, and the goal is clear, specific and precise—removing Israel from existence.”

The United States and Israeli militaries completed a joint exercise on Thursday, code-named Juniper Falcon drill, which tested coordination capabilities between the two countries in the event of a ballistic missile threat against Israel from Lebanon, Iran, Syria, or Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq.

Read more at The Tower.

Former U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley Awarded Pro-Israel Award, Vows to Continue “Fighting”

Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was awarded the 2019 Friend of Israel Humanitarian Award by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation for her steadfast and courageous support of the Jewish State as part of her public activity, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

In her speech to the sold-out crowd at the Hilton Miami Downtown, Haley said backing Israel was “one of the easiest things I did in the UN.

“It was about doing what was right; it was about telling the truth,” the former ambassador added. “Fighting for Israel was not just a job for me; it was the right thing to do,” Haley explained.

Jacob Solomon, president and CEO of the federation, observed that Haley had been selected for the award to thank her for supporting Israel during her UN tenure and for challenging institutionalized anti-Semitism at the international body.

“I think the community, regardless of their political leanings, recognizes what an extraordinary force on behalf of Israel she has been at the United Nations,” Solomon said. “She had a fiercely independent voice at the United Nations and she really stood for a truthful and honest treatment of Israel.”

Haley responded: “It is an honor and pleasure to accept this award. I can promise you I’m too young to stop fighting.”

In the nearly two years that Haley served at the UN, she had many shining moments as she made good on her promise to fight chronic “anti-Israel bias” at the UN. In February 2017, Haley vowed that the U.S. “will not turn a blind eye” to the singling out of Israel anymore.

Of the Security Council, which had monthly meetings on the problems affecting the Middle East, Haley observed, “They’re not talking about Syria, they’re not talking about Iran.” Instead, Haley said, “Every single month for ten years they’ve been Israel-bashing.”

First Israeli Spacecraft, Beresheet, to Examine Magnetic Properties of Lunar Rocks

After eight years of preparations costing $100 million, the SpaceIL Israeli unmanned spacecraft “Beresheet” (Genesis) is tentatively scheduled to take off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on February 21 and reach the rocky surface of the moon six to eight weeks later following multiple orbits around Earth.

Prof. Oded Aharonson of the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Earth and Planetary Sciences Department hopes to be at the launch along with the other seven members of SpaceIL International Science Team he heads.

The team members – from Israel, France and the United States — put scientific instruments aboard Beresheet to take measurements that they hope will shed new light on one of the basic enigmas about the moon:

Although rocks collected by Apollo missions were found to be magnetic, the moon’s iron core does not generate a global magnetic field as does the Earth’s iron core.

“On Earth the rocks are magnetized from the global magnetic field, but how and when did the lunar rocks get magnetized? If we can measure the magnetism of these rocks, we can begin to understand how and when this magnetism arose,” Aharonson tells ISRAEL21c.

Scientists have various theories about how a temporary magnetic “dynamo” may have been generated on the moon, perhaps from repeated asteroid impacts or from the long-ago dynamo action of the iron core that is now cool. But nobody knows how long that dynamo lasted.

“As we find younger and younger rocks – say 2 billion years old instead of 3 billion years old — that still have a magnetic signature, then we conclude the dynamo must have been alive for longer than previously hypothesized.

We’re motivated by this basic science question, to help us understand the universe around us,” says Aharonson, who earned his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Magnetometer expert Asaf Grosz from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s department of electrical and computer engineering helped integrate a sensor built at UCLA onto the Beresheet spacecraft.

This instrument will be calibrated by measuring the magnetic field of the craft itself while it is still on its way. Once Beresheet is in orbit around the moon, the instrument will be able to detect and measure the lunar magnetic field in different areas.

The craft also carries a unique array of mirrors provided by NASA for reflecting a laser beam of light precisely back in the direction of its source, a NASA moon Orbiter (LRO), enabling the scientific team to track the position of Beresheet on the surface.

The landing site was chosen carefully by the scientific team to ensure a smooth and safe touchdown in a suitable area for performing the scientific experiments and relaying results back to Earth.

“We’ve had a lot of experience studying the surface of the moon including its topography and temperatures, so we synthesized all this information and narrowed it down to a dozen candidate landing sites without a lot of rocks and slopes, from which we selected the primary site to aim for,” says Aharonson. This area covers a few kilometers.

The Israeli spacecraft will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. If it touches down successfully it will make Israel only the fourth country to land there after the US, the former Soviet Union, and China.

SpaceIL is an independent initiative started in 2011 by Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub to compete in the Google LunarX Prize competition. Although the competition officially ended in March 2018 with no winners, SpaceIL and its donors decided to continue working toward the goal of landing on the moon.

The 180-kilo Beresheet craft, built at Israel Aerospace Industries, was transported on January 17 in a cargo plane from Ben-Gurion Airport to Florida.

“After eight years of hard work, our dream has come true: We finally have a spacecraft,” said SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby. “Shipping the spacecraft to the United States is the first stage of a complicated and historic journey to the moon. This is the first of many exciting moments, as we look forward to the forthcoming launch in Cape Canaveral.”

(via Israel21c)


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