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The Daily TIP: Expert: Hariri's Resignation Shows that "Lebanon is an Iranian Satrapy Run by Hezbollah"

Posted by Tip Staff - November 08, 2017

Expert: Hariri's Resignation Shows that "Lebanon is an Iranian Satrapy Run by Hezbollah"
Israel Sends Aid to Plague-Stricken Madagascar
Top British Writers: Anti-Zionism "Has No Place in a Civil Society"
New Zealand Energy Giant Invests $10 Million in Israeli Iron Dome Software Developer

Expert: Hariri's Resignation Shows that "Lebanon is an Iranian Satrapy Run by Hezbollah"

Saad Hariri's resignation as prime minister of Lebanon and his denunciation of Iran and its client, Hezbollah, for coming "to control the seams of the state and has the final and decisive say in the affairs of Lebanon and the Lebanese," was an acknowledgment that "Lebanon is an Iranian satrapy run by Hezbollah," an expert on Lebanon wrote Wednesday in Tablet magazine.

In his speech, Hariri described how "Hezbollah has turned Lebanon into a launching pad for military interventions and terrorist activities," Tony Badran, an expert on Lebanon wrote. Lebanon's hijacking by Hezbollah has led to its being ostracized and sanctioned.

Badran pointed out that Hezbollah has solidified its control over Lebanon since Hariri accepted the role of prime minister last year in a Hezbollah-dominated government "winning key appointments in the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), the intelligence and security agencies, the judiciary and state administrative offices." Hariri's role in the government was to "provide Hezbollah with cover," and lobby the United States to continue supporting the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), even though the army was "working hand-in-glove with Hezbollah and Iran."

Hariri's denunciation of Hezbollah and Iran vindicates Israel's view, that now Lebanon and Hezbollah, as expressed recently by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, must be viewed as one and the same. Furthermore, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed out that Hariri's resignation should be viewed as a "wake-up call" and that Iran was seeking to control Syria much as it now controls Lebanon.

Israel Sends Aid to Plague-Stricken Madagascar

Israel is sending emergency aid to plague-stricken Madagascar, as the Indian Ocean island state faces its worst “Black Death” outbreak in 50 years, The Algemeiner reported Tuesday.

The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs along with Magen David Adom (Israel's national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service) in South Africa, have joined forces in the fight against the devastating disease that has recently engulfed Madagascar.

“We expect all packages to be delivered to the International Red Cross in Madagascar in the next few days,” Deputy Israeli Ambassador to South Africa, Ayellet Black, told the African News Agency (ANA). She added, “The delivery of different medical equipment such as gloves to carry out medical procedures is being coordinated between Israel’s honorary consul in Madagascar, Benjamin Memmi, and Madagascar’s Bureau for Natural Disasters.”

Black further stressed that “Israel has a long-standing tradition of offering humanitarian assistance and coordinating relief to alleviate disease, hunger and poverty.” Black continued. “We have experience in helping countries going through natural and man-made disasters and will always provide assistance to help those in need.”

When disaster strikes, Israel’s government, army, and aid agencies are always among the first to send material and expert assistance, whether it’s earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal, tsunamis in Sri Lanka and Japan, typhoon in the Philippines, or other mass disasters in Turkey, India, Mexico, El Salvador, Greece, Rwanda, Armenia, Indonesia, and New Guinea.

So far, at least 1,800 people in Madagascar have been infected with the plague and 127 have died.

Top British Writers: Anti-Zionism "Has No Place in a Civil Society"

"We believe that anti-Zionism with its antisemitic characteristics, has no place in a civil society," three British authors wrote in a letter to the editor published Monday in The Times of London decrying that the "themes and language" of anti-Zionism "have become widespread in Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party."

Spurred by discussions of Israel surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the letter, written by historians Simon Schama and Simon Sebag Montefiore and author Howard Jacobson, expressed "alarm" that in recent years "constructive criticism of Israeli governments has morphed into something closer to antisemitism under the cloak of so-called anti-Zionism."

The authors asserted that there is nothing wrong with "fair criticism of Israel" but decried the "demonisation of Zionism itself - the right of the Jewish people to a homeland, and the very existence of a Jewish state." They dismissed claims that anti-Zionists "claim innocence of any antisemitic intent," noting that "anti-Zionism frequently borrows the libels of classical Jew-hating."

Zionism, the authors wrote, is "a response to the centuries of persecution, expulsions and mass murder in Christian and Muslim worlds." In the letter, they described Zionism as "an assertion of the right to exist in the face of cruelty unique in history."

While the authors expressed sympathy towards Palestinian statehood, they wrote "justice for one nation does not make justice for the other inherently wicked."

In an essay published last year, Schama similarly observed that "criticism of Israeli policies has mutated into a rejection of Israel’s right to exist.”

New Zealand Energy Giant Invests $10 Million in Israeli Iron Dome Software Developer

Did a gas and electric company in New Zealand just buy Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system to protect its infrastructure? Not quite.

But New Zealand-based energy and communications infrastructure provider Vector did make a $10 million investment in the Israeli company that developed the Iron Dome. And some of the technologies that power Israel’s remarkable protection against projectiles will be used by Vector as part of its IoT (Internet of Things) approach to optimizing management and control services.

Vector’s investment in Israel’s mPrest means that the New Zealand company has transitioned from mPrest customer to investor and business partner. The two companies “will to continue to develop and apply a machine learning and artificial intelligence system to better manage Auckland’s changing energy demands.”

mPrest CEO Natan Barak said this “powerful vote of confidence in mPrest” shows that “an established player in the utility and energy space is not only willing to implement mPrest into production but is willing to stand behind our product as a distributor as well.”

Vector joins current mPrest investors OurCrowd, GE Ventures, Angeleno Group, Israel Electric Corporation and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved said that when a strategic customer like Vector becomes an investor, “it’s cause for celebration.”

mPrest’s key contribution to the Iron Dome project was its monitoring, analytics and control software. That made it perfect for Vector, explained the company’s CEO Simon Mackenzie, who said mPrest’s technology will allow Vector engineers to manage and predict outages and allow the efficient delivery of energy to and from the grid.

Vector plans to use mPrest’s software also for partners across Australia and the South Pacific.

(via Israel21c)

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