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The Daily TIP: Hamas Chief Sinwar: Hamas Seeks Sacrifice of Palestinian Children for Destruction of Israel

Posted by Tip Staff - May 17, 2018

Hamas Chief Sinwar: Hamas Seeks Sacrifice of Palestinian Children for Destruction of Israel
Iranian General Soleimani in Iraq to Ensure New Government Serves Tehran's Interests
U.S., Gulf Allies Impose Sanctions on Hezbollah's Top Leaders
English Medical Network Signs Agreement with Pioneering Israeli Healthcare Companies

Hamas Chief Sinwar: Hamas Seeks Sacrifice of Palestinian Children for Destruction of Israel

In an interview with Al Jazeera, the Gaza head of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar, said that the point of the Great March of Return, the name Hamas has given to the weekly riots at the border fence with Israel, was "to turn that which is most dear to us – the bodies of our women and children – into a dam blocking the collapse in Arab reality," according to a translation of the interview published Wednesday by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Sinwar described the riots as “wonderful and civilized” as opposed to firing "thousands of missiles down” onto Israel. He also boasted that members of Hamas took off their uniforms and joined the riots. Sinwar described "the sacrifice of" Palestinian children "as an offering for Jerusalem and the Right of Return.”

Salah Bardawil, a Hamas official, admitted this week in an interview that 50 of the reported 62 people killed on Monday were members of Hamas.

The Hamas chief's interview comports with remarks of a Gazan who was captured after crossing the border fence. The Gazan told his interrogators that Hamas had initiated the riots in order to deflect dissatisfaction with their misrule of Gaza. He added that the terror group was endangering women and children.

Another Hamas leader this week also did away with the pretense that the riots are peaceful. Mahmoud al-Zahar told Al Jazeera, “When we talk about ‘peaceful resistance,’ we are deceiving the public.”


Iranian General Soleimani in Iraq to Ensure New Government Serves Tehran's Interests

Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the Islamic Republic’s Quds Force, is in Baghdad to push for the formation of a new Iraqi government favorable to Iran’s interests.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that Soleimani had arrived in Iraq on Saturday, the day of the parliamentary election. The unexpectedly poor results of Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister, has dealt a blow to U.S. interests in the country, leaving Iraq vulnerable to Iranian interference.

The two major winners of the election – the bloc of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the Fatih (“Conquest”) coalition led by Badr Corps head Hadi al-Ameri – want to see the U.S. expelled from Iraq immediately. Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq, an Iranian-backed militia responsible for the murder of U.S. servicemen in Iraq, also scored well in the elections.

Soleimani’s Quds Force is the main foreign backer of Amiri’s Badr group, which served as the military backbone of Al-Hashd Al-Sha'abi, an umbrella organization comprised of roughly 140,000 Shiite fighters.

“Iran will do everything in its power to remain strong in Iraq and to apply pressure,” said independent Iraqi analyst Wathiq al-Hashimi. “It’s a very critical situation.” To influence the outcome of the election, Soleimani will either try to form a marriage of convenience with Sadr’s organization or marginalize Sadr. The cleric has accepted Iranian patronage in the past.

Before the election, Iran publicly stated that it would not allow Sadr’s bloc to govern, raising concerns over Iranian manipulation of Iraq’s democratic election process.

U.S., Gulf Allies Impose Sanctions on Hezbollah's Top Leaders

In the latest iteration of economic warfare against Iran and its proxies, the United States and its Gulf allies imposed new sanctions on Hezbollah and its top officials, Reuters reported Wednesday.

The sanctions targeted Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, his deputy Naim Qassem, and the group's decision-making body, the Shura Council. Hezbollah is an Iranian-backed terror group that exercises complete political and military control over Lebanon.

While the United States expanded the sanctions against Nasrallah, who was sanctioned in 1995 for threatening to disrupt peace talks and in 2012 for his support of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, this is the first time Qassem has been targeted with sanctions.

The sanctions were imposed in conjunction with the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), which includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“The TFTC again demonstrated its great value to international security by disrupting Iran and Hizballah’s destabilizing influence in the region. By targeting Hizballah’s Shura Council, our nations collectively rejected the false distinction between a so-called ‘Political Wing’ and Hizballah’s global terrorist plotting,” said Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin in a statement announcing the sanctions.

In related news, French energy giant, Total, announced that it was pulling out of a deal to help Iran develop the South Pars gas field unless it "is granted a specific project waiver by U.S. authorities with the support of the French and European authorities," due to fears of being sanctioned by the U.S.

English Medical Network Signs Agreement with Pioneering Israeli Healthcare Companies

The Northern Health Science Alliance of England signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UK Israel Tech Hub to bring Israeli health and medical technology innovations to its network.

The MOU was signed on May 16 during the MIXiii Biomed 2018 in Tel Aviv by Suzanne Ali-Hassan, head of corporate affairs for the NHSA, and British Ambassador to Israel David Quarrey.

The joint working arrangement will support innovative Israeli healthcare companies establishing research and a presence in the north of England, Ali-Hassan said.

“There are well over 1,400 life-science and healthcare companies in Israel whose innovations have the potential to bring great benefits to the North’s hospitals and patient population,” she said.

The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) brings together eight research-intensive universities, eight NHS teaching hospitals and four academic health science networks for the benefit of the region’s population of 15 million.

“The agreement will further enable British researchers and patients to have access to the latest technology from Israel. And we hope even more Israeli medical companies will now look to the UK as a destination for their growth,” said Quarrey.

UK Israel Tech Hub was launched at the British Embassy Israel in 2011 to create partnerships in which British companies gain a global competitive edge via Israeli innovation, and Israeli innovation goes global via the UK.

MIXiii-Biomed attracted more than 6,000 industry executives, scientists, doctors, engineers and investors, including approximately 1,000 international participants from 45 countries.

(via Israel21c)

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