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The Daily TIP: In Front of World, Abbas Hails Culture of Martyrdom

Posted by Tip Staff - September 28, 2018

In Front of World, Abbas Hails Culture of Martyrdom
Israel's Delek, Partners Buy Stake in Egyptian Gas Pipeline for $518 Million
UK Set to Outlaw Hezbollah Entirely, Not Just So-Called "Military Wing"
Israeli Company Develops Nasal Insert to Aid in Weight Loss Efforts

In Front of World, Abbas Hails Culture of Martyrdom

In front of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas paid “tribute to our hero martyrs and prisoners of war,” the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported, rejecting criticism of the PA for paying financial rewards to Palestinian terrorists and their families.

Abbas had claimed earlier in his address that the PA rejects terrorism and seeks an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by non-violent means. “We resist this colonial, settler Israeli occupation by legitimate means decided by international resolutions. Only peaceful means. We never use violence,” he charged.

In his concluding remarks, however, Abbas acknowledged the PA’s culture of incitement, defending the “Pay-To-Slay” scheme, under which Palestinian terrorists and their families receive generous financial rewards for having murdered Israelis.

Last week, it emerged that the PA was planning to pay a monthly stipend to the Palestinian terrorist who stabbed to death Ari Fuld, an Israeli-American dual citizen, outside a West Bank shopping mall on September 16, 2018. United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman reiterated that “This practice is unconscionable and must stop if there is to be any hope for peace.”

In addition, Abbas denied claims that the PA was boycotting peace negotiations. “I…have never rejected negotiations on any day…we continue to extend our hands for peace. We only believe in peace. Peace is the only path. We don’t believe in terrorism and violence,” he claimed.

The Palestinian leader, however, rejected the U.S. as a mediator of Israeli-Palestinian peace, dismissing them as “too biased towards Israel” and accused them of an “assault on international law.” The Palestinian leadership has boycotted for weeks a U.S.-led peace initiative and refuses to engage with the White House’s Middle East team.

The last effort at peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014 when Abbas refused to accept an American proposal.

U.S. and Israeli officials criticized Abbas’ speech, saying it was counterproductive for peace.

Israel's Delek, Partners Buy Stake in Egyptian Gas Pipeline for $518 Million

Delek, the Israeli energy giant, and its partners have announced that they will buy the EMG Egypt-Israel gas pipeline for $518 million, Globes reported Thursday.

Delek and the American company Noble Energy will each pay $158 million for the pipeline. The balance will be paid by the Egyptian company East. The deal will allow Delek and Noble to lease and operate the pipeline, which extends from Ashkelon in Israel to El Arish in the Sinai.

The pipeline will allow Delek and Noble to provide the 64 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Egypt, which the companies sold to Egypt's Dolphinus Holding Ltd. for $15 billion in a deal concluded in February of this year.

Delek and Noble are slated to provide Egypt with natural gas from the Leviathan natural gas field starting next year. In the meantime, they will sell gas from the Tamar field.

“Today’s announcements mark significant steps forward in supplying natural gas from the world-class Tamar and Leviathan fields to regional customers through existing infrastructure. They also represent another major milestone toward Egypt’s goal to become a regional energy hub, providing access to both growing domestic markets and existing LNG export facilities," Keith Elliott, a senior vice president with Noble Energy said.

The discovery of natural gas fields in the Mediterranean has positioned Israel as an energy exporter and boosted its diplomatic standing in the region.

The discovery of the Tamar and Leviathan fields has also led to closer diplomatic cooperation between Israel and both Greece and Cyprus. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met four times with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the past three years.

UK Set to Outlaw Hezbollah Entirely, Not Just So-Called "Military Wing"

The United Kingdom is set to proscribe the Iranian-backed, Lebanese-based terror organization Hezbollah in its entirety, The Jewish Chronicle reported Thursday. The UK outlawed Hezbollah’s “military wing” as a terrorist entity in 2008, but the “political wing” of the organization is not currently restricted.

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid will use his speech at next week’s Conservative Party annual conference to announce the decision, which has long been called for by the Jewish community and officials across the political spectrum.

Javid, a staunch ally of the Jewish community, is reportedly acting upon an assessment by the Home Office, which says Hezbollah “is committed to armed resistance to the state of Israel and aims to seize all Palestinian territories and Jerusalem from Israel.”

The false distinction has left Islamists taking part in the annual Al Quds Day rallies in London to wave the group’s yellow flag and claim to be expressing support only for the terror group’s “political wing.” MP Joan Ryan, chair of Labour Friends of Israel, wrote to Javid in June, after the rally to say she was "appalled that the government should once again have allowed this Iranian-inspired hate fest to take place on the streets of London." 

The Home Secretary is believed to also have received support for his decision from new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The minister recently labeled Hezbollah an “outrageous, disgusting” organization.

Hezbollah in its entirety is already considered a terror group by America, Canada, Israel, and the Arab League. The EU currently only bans the “military wing.”

The move by the UK government draws a sharp contrast with the position taken by opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who in 2009, during a meeting in parliament, referred to members of Hezbollah and Hamas as “friends.”

Israeli Company Develops Nasal Insert to Aid in Weight Loss Efforts

Some years ago, Adva Beck experienced an “aha” moment when she bit into her favorite fruit, a peach, and quickly discarded it because her stuffy nose prevented her from tasting it properly.

She didn’t have any background in biology or medicine but the phenomenon intrigued her and she started to study scientific literature about how smell affects appetite and weight.

Her research led her to invent and patent NozNoz, a drug-free, soft silicone nasal insert positioned as a general wellness product that may enhance dieters’ efforts, help them achieve their weight loss goals and maintain the results.

“NozNoz is like contact lenses for the nose,” says Beck, CEO of eight-year-old Beck Medical in Givat Ada outside Tel Aviv. “You put it in your nose in the morning and take it out at night. It’s very discreet, like your little secret assistant in your fight for weight loss. The unique thing is that it’s drug-free and self-administered.”

A pilot trial of the device was led by Dr. Dror Dicker, head of the Obesity Clinic at Hasharon Hospital-Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, president of the Israeli Association for the Study of Obesity and co-chair of the Obesity Management Task Force of the European Association for the Study of Obesity.

Available online to customers in the European Union, United States and Israel, NozNoz mechanically diverts smells from olfactory receptors in the nose.

Beck says previous studies have shown that overweight and obese people paradoxically have less smelling capacity in general but higher sensitivity to food smells. This sensitivity stimulates, or overstimulates, their appetite when exposed to food aromas.

(via Israel21c)

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