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The Daily TIP: How Iranian-Backed Houthi Militants are Seizing Power in a Key Part of the Arabian Peninsula

Posted by Tip Staff - April 20, 2018

How Iranian-Backed Houthi Militants are Seizing Power in a Key Part of the Arabian Peninsula
Forty UN Ambassadors from Around the World Visit Israel to Celebrate 70th Independence Day
Fourth Week of Hamas-Led Riots at Gaza Border Marked by Smaller Crowds, Swastika Kites
During Spring and Summer, 19 Major International Musical Acts To Perform in Israel


How Iranian-Backed Houthi Militants are Seizing Power in a Key Part of the Arabian Peninsula

Iran’s involvement in Yemen should be framed as part of its expansionist agenda in the Middle East region and larger proxy war with Saudi Arabia.

Matters came to a head as a result of the Houthi’s seizure of the country’s capital Sana’a in September 2014. In March of 2015, a Saudi-led coalition began an air and ground campaign against the Houthi. Over two years later, the war has entered a stalemate, with Yemen’s civilian population now suffering through one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.

The Yemeni government has demanded that the United Nations designate the Houthis as a terror group. The Shiite insurgents, backed by Iran, are linked to numerous human rights abuses and attacks on civilians during the ongoing conflict in Yemen, including an attack on an Emirati civilian ship in October 2016, ongoing use of child soldiers, and the shelling of civilian areas.

Joshua S. Block, CEO and President of The Israel Project, explained that “The flawed nuclear deal gave Iran's terror-sponsoring regime over $100 billion in sanctions relief, which the Islamic Republic is using to finance its aggressive campaign across the Middle East, in an attempt to build not just a Shia crescent, but a Shia full moon.” Block added that after bringing large parts of Syria, Lebanon and Iraq under its control, the regime in Tehran was now targeting Yemen “to cement its power on the Arabian Peninsula.”

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Forty UN Ambassadors from Around the World Visit Israel to Celebrate 70th Independence Day

Forty United Nations ambassadors representing nations in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and elsewhere, visited Israel to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern Jewish State, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

The group of ambassadors visited sites across the country, including Masada, the Dead Sea, the border with Gaza, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. On Thursday, they attended an Independence Day event at the President's residence and met with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The ambassadors, led by Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon, had arrived in Israel earlier in the week and met with top government officials including Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, opposition leader Isaac Herzog, and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. Afterwards, they toured the Old City of Jerusalem.

Ethiopian Ambassador Tekeda Alemu described the group's visit to the Western Wall as "fantastic," adding, “My fellow ambassadors and I learned many lessons. One lesson was the fact that there is a clear connection between the Old City of Jerusalem and the Jewish people. That is something that cannot be ignored."

Volodymyr Yelchenko, the Ukrainian ambassador to the UN, called Jerusalem a "great place," and said, “I wish for Jerusalem to be a place for peace and to remain such a place forever.”

In a video posted on Danon's Facebook page, the ambassador explained in Hebrew that the ambassadors who were visiting were supporters of Israel, showed parts of the group's itinerary, and included comments from three of the visiting ambassadors.



Fourth Week of Hamas-Led Riots at Gaza Border Marked by Smaller Crowds, Swastika Kites

The fourth week of violent Hamas-led riots at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel was marked by smaller crowds than in previous weeks and attempts to use swastika-marked kites to send molotov cocktails into Israel, The Times of Israel reported Friday. According the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, four Gazans were killed during the rioting.

Israeli estimates of the number of Gazans rioting Friday were 3,000, which was down from 10,000 last week. The previous two weeks had seen 20,000 and 30,000 people participating in the riots.

In a meeting with the troops stationed by the border, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman praised the IDF noting, "Thanks to the IDF’s activity, week by week there is a drop in the number of participants in the riots."

“Since the morning there have been violent riots at five sites along the border in which about 3,000 people are taking part,” an IDF statement said. “They are trying to approach the security barrier, burning tires next to it and trying to send over kites that have burning items attached."

The army statement added: “Several kites crossed into Israel and were extinguished as needed. IDF troops are responding with riot dispersal means and live fire in accordance with the rules of engagement."

One of the kites seen Friday was marked by a Nazi swastika. Two weeks ago during the riots, a swastika flag was flown between two Palestinian flags near the Israeli border.



During Spring and Summer, 19 Major International Musical Acts To Perform in Israel

Pop sensations, heavy metal icons, indie dance duos, Latin music stars, a legendary reggae master and many more world-famous musical artists are on Israel’s impressive spring-summer concert lineup. As the weather begins to heat up, Israel’s music calendar is following suit, with highly anticipated performances from April to September.

Backstreet Boys (April 22, Live Park, Rishon LeZion)

The Backstreet Boys are returning to Israel with their 25th anniversary world tour, “Larger Than Life,” based on their Las Vegas residency. The last time the band performed in Israel was in 2015, when they sold out three consecutive shows. This year, they will perform their ’90s hits on one night only.

Azealia Banks (May 7, Barby, Tel Aviv)

American rapper Azealia Banks is set to perform in Tel Aviv just a month before the scheduled release of her new album, “Fantasea II: The Second Wave.” Though the 26-year-old Harlem native has been teasing fans with new music over the past few years, “Fantasea II” is her first full-length studio album since 2014 and she has already released several highly anticipated singles including “Escapades.”

Enrique Iglesias (May 28, Park Hayarkon, Tel Aviv)

As the reigning King of Latin Pop, Enrique Iglesias has sold over 170 million records worldwide, making him one of the best Spanish artists ever. Iglesias’ upcoming performance in May will be his third and biggest in Israel.

Other performers slated to perform in Israel during the spring and summers seasons include Jamiroquai, Milky Chance, alt-J, Matisyahu, Jessie Ware, Sofi Tukker, The Stranglers, Ringo Starr, Avenged Sevenfold, Gilberto Gil, Alice in Chains, Ziggy Marley, Jason Derulo and Rita Ora, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, and Grandmaster Flash.

(via Israel21c )


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