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The Daily TIP: Former Israeli FM Livni: "Hamas Wanted to See Its Own People Killed on the Border"

Posted by Tip Staff - May 23, 2018

Former Israeli FM Livni: "Hamas Wanted To See Its Own People Killed on the Border"
Halfway There: Louisiana Becomes 25th State to Prohibit Business Ties with Companies that Boycott Israel
Picture of Abbas in Hospital Shows Him Reading Paper with Anti-Israel Cartoon
UNICEF Chooses Israeli Platform for Campaign to Fight Infant Mortality


Former Israeli FM Livni: "Hamas Wanted To See Its Own People Killed on the Border"

During the recent violent riots held at Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, Hamas "wanted to see its own people killed on the border while we tried to avoid it," former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told a group of reporters hosted by The Israel Project Wednesday.

Livni's charge accurately reflects statements made last week by Yahya Sinwar, the Gaza-based head of Hamas. Sinwar told Al Jazeera that “the sacrifice of” Palestinian children would serve “as an offering for Jerusalem and the Right of Return.” He also said that Hamas was prepared to sacrifice "that which is most dear to us – the bodies of our women and children" to achieve its goals.

Looking at the region, Livni identified Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas, as threats based on their religious ideology that does not accept the right of Israel to exist. She clarified that though the conflict she identified could be viewed as a religious war, it wasn't a war between Muslims and all others, but between the believers in the extreme ideologies and others, including moderate Muslim states.

This breakdown, Livni argued, presented Israel with an opportunity to present a united front with the Sunni Arab states. What limits more active and public cooperation between Israel and its potential Arab allies is the Palestinian issue. Since the Arab League presented its peace initiative in 2002, it has been, what she called, "the glass ceiling" limiting Israel's cooperation with moderate Sunni states.

A video of the briefing is available here.


Halfway There: Louisiana Becomes 25th State to Prohibit Business Ties with Companies that Boycott Israel

Louisiana on Tuesday became the twenty-fifth U.S. state to enact legislation or executive orders against the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) Movement, The Times-Picayune reported.

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an executive order prohibiting the Louisiana state government from executing contracts with businesses that engage in the boycott of Israel. The order directs the state commissioner of administration to terminate existing state contracts with companies that are either currently boycotting Israel or supporting those who do.

"The United States, and by affiliation Louisiana, have benefited in innumerable ways from our deep friendship with Israel. Any effort to boycott Israel is an affront to this longstanding relationship. I am pleased that Louisiana will join what is now a critical mass of states in supporting our closest ally," Edwards, a Democrat, said in a written statement.

TIP CEO and President Josh Block, issued the following statement:

“The Israel Project is grateful to the governor for his leadership in fighting back against BDS discrimination. Advocates of BDS discrimination remain committed to their anti-Semitic agenda of isolating and demonizing the world’s only Jewish State. Its founders have openly called for Israel’s destruction and made it clear that they target Israel’s very existence, not its policies. From the North to South, in blue and red states – and with strong bipartisan support – lawmakers in 25 states have now declared BDS a form of discrimination and sent a clear signal that their states will not tolerate or condone taxpayer dollars going to subsidize anti-Israel hate.”



Picture of Abbas in Hospital Shows Him Reading Paper with Anti-Israel Cartoon

A picture of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the hospital, apparently published to quell concerns about his health, shows the leader reading a newspaper with an anti-Israel cartoon, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

While Abbas appears to be reading one side of the paper, there is a cartoon facing the camera depicting a menacing-looking Israeli soldier replacing a baby's milk bottle with poison.

The cartoon was described as depicting the reported death of an 8-month-old girl from inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli troops at last week's Hamas-led riots.

Subsequent to the initial reporting of the claim last week, an unidentified Gaza doctor told reporters that the girl had died from a pre-existing condition.

Ashraf Al-Qidra, spokesman for Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry, who had initially charged that the baby had died from tear gas inhalation later told The Times of Israel that the cause of the baby's death had not yet been determined definitively.

Abbas, who was admitted to the hospital Sunday night with a high fever, is being treated for pneumonia.

Abbas is no stranger to charges that he incites violence.

In September 2015, then-United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said that an Abbas speech describing “every drop of blood … spilled for Jerusalem" as "blessed," raised tensions and asked that he stop using "inflammatory" rhetoric.

In December of last year, a senior White House official said that Abbas's incitement "has prevented peace for years."



UNICEF Chooses Israeli Platform for Campaign to Fight Infant Mortality

When the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) wanted to create an online petition and quiz to raise awareness about preventing infant mortality in developing countries, it chose a platform from the Israeli startup Kueez.

Kueez, founded in Bnei Brak two years ago, specializes in creating personalized entertaining content for web surfers in 21 languages in more than 200 countries. The website was cofounded by Uri Mendi, Orr Katznelson and Daniel Tony and now has about 100 million unique monthly visitors.

UNICEF approached Kueez to create a campaign encouraging people to join in an international call for health ministers to participate in the World Health Assembly on May 21-26. The aim is to encourage countries to increase their support for medical care for every mother and baby in at-risk parts of the world.

According to UNICEF statistics, every minute five babies die in Third World countries for reasons that could be prevented. In some countries, more than 10 percent of babies die before they are a year old due to various diseases. In recent decades, these numbers have improved, but there is still a huge gap between deaths in the West and those in developing countries.

(via Israel21c)


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