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The Daily TIP: Contradicting Tillerson, Palestinians Say There Will Be “No End” to Payments for Terrorists

Posted by Tip Staff - June 14, 2017

Contradicting Tillerson, Palestinians Say There Will Be “No End” to Payments for Terrorists
London’s Mayor Sought Israeli Expertise on Security After Wave of Terrorist Attacks
GM Israel Introduces Driverless Car Prototype at Tech Conference
Maker of Wearable Medical Monitoring Device Wins Israeli Innovation Competition

Contradicting Tillerson, Palestinians Say There Will Be “No End” to Payments for Terrorists

Palestinian Authority officials confirmed on Wednesday that they will continue paying salaries to terrorists and their families, contradicting an assertion by United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the policy had been stopped.

"There have been talks about making the payments in a different way, but not ending them," one Palestinian official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"They could perhaps be labeled differently," he added, indicating that the label "martyr" may no longer be used, but that the payments "are not going to be stopped."

"There is no end to the payments” of Palestinian prisoners, Issa Qaraqe, head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, similarly told the Times of Israel. “We reject ending the subsidies to the prisoners and families of martyrs. We will not apologize for it.”

Qarage characterized American and Israeli pressure to end the payments as "aggression against the Palestinian people."

The Palestinian Prisoners Club, which supports Palestinian inmates, told Haaretz that this month's payments had been made, confirming Israeli charges that the PA had not ended the practice.

Tillerson told the Senate on Tuesday that the Palestinians "have changed that policy and their intent is to cease the payments to the families of those who have committed murder or violence against others.” He added, "We have been very clear with them that this [practice of paying terrorists] is simply not acceptable to us.”

Tillerson claimed that the Palestinians changed the policy after meeting with President Donald Trump in Bethlehem last month.

Earlier that month, an adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas called President Trump’s request to end the payments to terrorists “insane."

The PA issued payments to terrorists and their families totaling more than $1 billion over a four year period, according to a recent study by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. The sum accounts for seven percent of the PA’s budget and is equivalent to 20 percent of the foreign aid the PA receives annually.

The Wall Street Journal‘s editorial board argued in November that payments to Palestinian terrorists “are an official incentive program for murder that in any other context would be recognized as state sponsorship of terror.”

Eli Lake wrote in Bloomberg View in July that offering salaries to Palestinians who kill Israelis “encourages” terror attacks “as a legitimate act of resistance.”

London’s Mayor Sought Israeli Expertise on Security After Wave of Terrorist Attacks

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan sought Israel’s advice to ‘find new ways to protect ourselves’, after a series of terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

In an exclusive interview with Jewish News, Khan revealed that both his office and Met Police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, the head of the counter-terrorism police, have been in touch with Israeli officials to discuss how to better combat urban terrorism.

“My office has been in contact with not only Tel Aviv but other places as well,” Khan said, adding they had learned “lots of things, things like putting in place the barriers we have done in London. There are other things and we are using the advice we receive.”

“Just like the terrorists evolve, we have to find new ways to protect ourselves,” he added.

Terrorist atrocities that are low-tech in nature, such as car rammings and knife attacks – are a relatively new occurrence in the West, but a phenomenon Israel has been dealing with for years.

Khan also revealed that hate crime in London has risen sharply in the wake of the attacks, including crimes of anti-Semitic nature. Police are taking a “zero tolerance” approach to all incidents of hate crime. “No hate crime will be regarded as too trivial to report,” promised Khan.

The mayor pledged to fight anti-Semitism, saying it was “unacceptable in London in 2017 and I’m determined to stamp it out”. Khan added, “I promise you I will not rest until we win this battle."

He also admitted Labour was suffering from a trust deficit among Jewish voters, after a series of anti-Semitic scandals since Jeremy Corbyn took over as leader of the party. Khan said he would use “all his influence” to try to repair the damage and restore trust between Labour and the Jewish community.

GM Israel Introduces Driverless Car Prototype at Tech Conference

General Motors, the automaking giant, which established an research and development center in Herzliya in 2010, unveiled a prototype of its driverless car at a conference of veterans of the IDF's 8200 signal intelligence unit, Globes, the financial news website, reported Wednesday.

The car, which is based on the electric Chevrolet Bolt, is outfitted with advanced sensors and on board computers to allow to navigate the roads without a driver. Its navigation systems were developed in Israel. The car has a range of about 230 miles without recharging, is currently only being marketed in the United States.

According to Globes, the GM development center showed off the prototype at the conference in the hopes of recruiting some alumni of the intelligence unit to join its expanding research and development efforts in Israel.

Israel has emerged as a leader in cutting edge automotive technology, especially in the area of autonomous vehicles or driverless cars.

In addition to GM, some of the other world’s top car makers have set up research and development centers in Israel, including Honda, Volvo, and Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz.

Israel's leadership in autonomous vehicle technology was underscored earlier this year by the record-breaking acquisition of Mobileye by chip-making giant Intel.

Maker of Wearable Medical Monitoring Device Wins Israeli Innovation Competition

A startup called BiPS Health edged out 49 other early-stage medical technology companies to win the top prize in the recent Trendlines Medtech Open 2017 held at the Israel Export Institute.

BiPS Health is developing a device worn on the wrist and fingers that constantly monitors vitals including blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, respiration rate and heart rate. It is designed primarily to replace the need for hospital nurses taking vitals every eight hours, but also will be suitable for remote monitoring.

“In the future, hospitals will move from manual patient monitoring by the nurses to continuous automatic personal monitoring,” said BiPS CEO Ran Keren. “Our device is wearable and comfortable and … will dramatically improve treatment and the ability to detect deterioration in the patient’s condition hours before it actually occurs.”

The founding team of BiPS Health includes CEO Ran Keren, Dr. Nimrod Adi, director of the Intensive Care Unit at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center; Dr. Gil Zoizner, a physician at Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot; and electronics engineer Jonathan Rubin.

The Trendlines Medtech prize totaled $54,000, including $10,000 in cash and a package of professional services. There is no obligation to join Trendlines or any other Israeli incubator.

(via Israel21c)

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