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The Daily TIP: IAEA Rejects Netanyahu's Call to Investigate Iranian Nuclear Warehouse

Posted by Tip Staff - October 03, 2018

IAEA Rejects Netanyahu's Call to Investigate Iranian Nuclear Warehouse
Merkel Slated to Hold Talks with Netanyahu Despite Differences over Palestinians, Iran
Shin Bet Announces Arrests of Three Members of Hamas West Bank Terror Cell
During September, Companies from Ireland, China, India and U.S. Bought Six Israeli Startups

IAEA Rejects Netanyahu's Call to Investigate Iranian Nuclear Warehouse

Statements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) show that the nuclear watchdog, charged with monitoring Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, will not agree to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's call to inspect a previously unknown nuclear warehouse in Tehran, The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

Netanyahu, during a dramatic speech before the United Nations General Assembly last week, revealed that Iran had a nuclear warehouse in Tehran, in addition to the nuclear archives he revealed in April.

The statement said that the agency would not discuss any such intelligence publicly.

After Netanyahu's revelation of the Iranian nuclear archive in April, the IAEA issued a similar statement indicating that it wouldn't investigate the Israeli leader's claim.

Israel subsequently shared many of the files it recovered from Iran with independent weapons experts and selected journalists. The Wall Street Journal, in July, assessed that the documents showed not only aspects of the Iranian nuclear weapons program that the IAEA knew about, but also details "about which international inspectors were unaware."

Though Amano had once said that his agency would have to have access to military sites for the nuclear deal to be effective, last year an IAEA official said that it would not ask for access to Iranian military sites so as not to give the U.S. an "excuse" to "bring down the deal."

Merkel Slated to Hold Talks with Netanyahu Despite Differences over Palestinians, Iran

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to arrive in Israel on Wednesday evening for a two-day bilateral meeting between German and Israeli officials, The Times of Israel reported.

Government-to-government meetings of the type Merkel is scheduled to take part in highlight the close relationship between Israel and Germany. In June, during the last round of talks between the two countries, officials agreed that the next meeting would focus on the economy, innovation and technology.

The talks, however, will also center on areas of disagreement, such as Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Merkel, who is often dubbed “the unofficial leader of Europe,” is a leading advocate for the JCPOA, known as the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

On Merkel’s agenda is a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem, as well as a visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. Merkel previously visited the site in 2006 and 2008. The German leader will also receive her third honorary doctorate from an Israeli university.

“Germany and Israel are connected with a unique relationship. Out of the heritage of our history, out of the break of civilization that was the Holocaust, we Germans have a special responsibility for the relationship with Israel,” Merkel said Friday in a video for her weekly podcast.

Germany and Israel are at odds about the future of the Iran nuclear deal.

Writing in Tablet Magazine last week, Benjamin Weinthal a Berlin-based fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said “It should be noted that the German government not only rejects U.S. sanctions but also provides state credit guarantees to German companies that do business in the Islamic Republic, as means of facilitating German trade with Iran.”

Shin Bet Announces Arrests of Three Members of Hamas West Bank Terror Cell

The Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, announced the arrests of three members of a Hamas terror cell in the West Bank, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

The three suspects were arrested over the summer and charged last month. Two of the suspects — Issa Shalalda and Omar Ma’soud — were members of the Islamist bloc at Birzeit University, which is associated with Hamas. The cell, established in 2015, is known for recruiting engineering students at the university, which is located outside of Ramallah. As part of the recruitment process, the recruits received military training.

The third member of the cell, Hazem Hamayel, is from the northern West Bank, and was recruited by a Hamas official using a fake identity on Facebook to attempt a terror attack.

"The activity of the terror infrastructure in Gaza, along with additional Hamas activity from the Gaza Strip, is an inseparable part of Hamas’s attempts to undermine stability in the West Bank, Israel and the Gaza Strip,” the Shin Bet said in a statement about the arrests.

Violent Hamas-led riots are continuing along Israel's border with Gaza. Today, the IDF reported that "two Gazans, one of whom was armed with a knife, broke through the border fence from Gaza into Israel." The two were captured and are being interrogated.

Over the past six months, rioters have launched incendiary balloons and other airborne objects over the border fence burning thousands of acres of land, thrown rocks and firebombs at Israeli troops, and used the riots as cover to attempt infiltrations of the border with Israel.

During September, Companies from Ireland, China, India and U.S. Bought Six Israeli Startups

Despite the High Holiday season during September, which normally slows Israeli activity to a crawl, it was an active month for acquisitions as evidenced by the six deals below, all of which involved foreign companies.

1. The headliner was Ireland-based medical equipment giant Medtronic’s buyout of Mazor Robotics. Based in Caesarea and founded in 2001 as a spinoff from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Mazor pioneered robotic guidance systems for spine and brain surgeries.

2. Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce marketplace, acquired Israel-based Upstream Commerce, maker of cloud-based, real-time automated pricing and product assortment optimization solutions. The Upstream Commerce team will remain in Tel Aviv as one of Flipkart’s global centers for future data-science work.

3. Chicago-based Grubhub online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace will pay approximately $150 million to acquire Tapingo, the Israeli-built platform for campus food ordering used by students at 150 American college, university and professional campuses.

4. Transcatheter heart valve company Venus Medtech of Hangzhou, China, signed an agreement to acquire Keystone Heart, headquartered in Caesarea with US operations in Tampa, Florida.

5. DevOps technology leader JFrog, a multinational company based in California, is acquiring Dev and DevOps technology consulting company Trainologic of Herzliya. Trainologic CEO Gal Marder will head up JFrog’s new elite DevOps consulting unit based in JFrog’s Israeli office in Netanya.

6. Medical Surgery Technologies (MST) of Yokne’am Illit will be acquired by TransEnterix of North Carolina, a medical device company digitizing the interface between surgeons and patients to improve minimally invasive surgery, for approximately $5.8 million in cash and 3,150,000 shares of TransEnterix common stock. The second tranche of $6.6 million, payable in cash or stock, is to be paid within one year of closing.

(via Israel21c)

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