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The Daily TIP: Brazil’s President-Elect Blasts Critics of Israel as Netanyahu Visits

Posted by Tip Staff - December 28, 2018

Brazil's President-Elect Blasts Critics of Israel as Netanyahu Visits
German Company, Whose Products Were Used in Rockets, Stops Sales to Iran
Israel Begins Production of State-of-the-Art Wings for Lockheed's F-35 Stealth Fighter
Archaeologists Find Woman's Ring in Jerusalem Ritual Bath after 2,000 Years

Brazil's President-Elect Blasts Critics of Israel as Netanyahu Visits

Ahead of the start of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit Friday to Brazil, President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro blasted critics of his outreach to Israel, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Addressing Netanyahu's visit, Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter, “There is no reason to criticize dialogue, especially when the criticism comes from those who did nothing, only destroyed and stole from the country."

The tweet said that Brazil stood to benefit from ties to Israel because it was a leader in a number of technologies.

The incoming Brazilian president also characterized his meeting with Netanyahu as an "unprecedented moment in our history."

Netanyahu, before boarding his flight to Brazil, expressed similar optimism about meeting Bolsonaro.

"I will meet with President-elect Bolsonaro and with his ministers of defense, finance and foreign affairs. We will discuss Israel's ties with the largest country in Latin America, the fifth most populous country in the world. Brazil is a huge country with huge potential for the State of Israel, economically, diplomatically and vis-à-vis security," Netanyahu said in a statement. "It is a great change that [President-elect] Bolsonaro has declared and I am pleased that we can begin a new era between Israel and the major power called Brazil."

Shortly after his election, Bolsonaro reaffirmed his commitment to relocate Brazil's embassy to Jerusalem.

“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,” Bolsonaro wrote at the time on Twitter.

Netanyahu, who will be attending Bolsonaro's inauguration next week, is slated to meet with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo while in Brazil.

German Company, Whose Products Were Used in Rockets, Stops Sales to Iran

A German company that sold parts to Iran that were later used to build rockets, announced that it had stopped doing business with the Islamic Republic, Benjamin Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post Thursday.

Rainer Westermann, a spokesman for The Krempel Group, said that as of several months ago, the company "no longer delivers goods to Iran.”

In wake of the news that Krempel had ended its commercial ties to Iran, the United States Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said, "Corporations realize that doing business with Iran means funding the IRGC’s terror strategy." The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is a military force that answers directly to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Weinthal reported that Grenell has been credited with encouraging German companies to end their commercial ties with Tehran.

Krempel, which is based in the southern German city of Stuttgart, had sold electronic press boards to Iranian companies. These press boards are often used in rocket motors.

Following chemical attacks against Syrian civilians earlier this year, press boards bearing Krempel's logo and marked "Made in Germany," were found among rocket debris at the site of the attacks. At the time, a Krempel spokesman said that the company was "shocked… that its Pressspan PSP-3040 apparently was used in motors that were applied to weapons of war.”

Despite the evidence that its products had been used in a chemical attack, in April, the company said that it would continue doing business with Iran.

Israel Begins Production of State-of-the-Art Wings for Lockheed's F-35 Stealth Fighter

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has begun production on wings that are invisible to radar for the Lockheed F-35 stealth fighter, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

“The construction of the new production line significantly upgrades IAI’s technological capabilities, automation and robotics, and will enable the company to establish itself as a major player in the military and civilian aerostructures,” a statement from IAI read.

The production line is expected to be operational for 20 years, and to generate more than $2.5 billion in revenue during the next 10 to 15 years.

Initially, the production line is set to fabricate 700 kits in its first phase, with deliveries expected to start early in 2019. A 2016 statement said that the production line was expected to produce some 811 kits by 2034.

The wing sets will be manufactured using a state-of-the-art composite layer of materials called AFP (Automatic Fiber Placement). The threads, which are 3mm thick, are what give the wings the ability to escape detection by radar.

The contract between IAI and Lockheed Martin to create this production line was signed in 2013.

Israel purchased a fleet of F-35 aircraft from Lockheed and took delivery of the first ones two years ago. In December 2017, the Israeli Air Force announced that its squadron of F-35s was "operational." In May of this year, IAF Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin said that Israel had been the first nation to use the F-35 in actual combat.

Israel is the only country that the Pentagon allows to modify the planes, due to the close military cooperation between the two countries.

Archaeologists Find Woman's Ring in Jerusalem Ritual Bath after 2,000 Years

A woman took off her gemstone ring before immersing in a ritual bath (mikveh) on Pilgrimage Road in Jerusalem and apparently dropped it and never found it. That was about 2,000 years ago.

Now the ring has been recovered by archeologists excavating the ancient mikveh in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem.

“Just like today, it would appear that in the past, rings and jewelry were removed before bathing, and sometimes forgotten,” said Israel Antiquities Authority archeologists Nachshon Zenton, Moran Hajabi, Ari Levy and Joe Uziel.

“This phenomenon, perhaps, is behind the discovery of the ring in what appears to be a ritual bath. This ring allows us to personally connect with an individual’s personal story from 2,000 years ago. The ring, along with other finds, can shed light and expose the lives of people during the Second Temple period.”

The mikveh was found along the old paved road leading up from the Shiloach (Siloam) pool to the Temple Mount and is thought to have been the main thoroughfare taken by Jewish pilgrims to the Temple.

“It’s incredible to think that this beautiful ring sat at the bottom of a mikveh on the ancient Pilgrimage Road for two thousand years, until it was uncovered by archeologists in the City of David. It is yet another piece in the puzzle that is ancient Jerusalem,” remarked Doron Spielman, vice president of the City of David Foundation, which oversees the National Heritage Site.

(via Israel21c)

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