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The Daily TIP: In Meeting with Netanyahu, Trump Endorses Israel's Right to Self-Defense, Two-State Solution

Posted by Tip Staff - September 26, 2018

In Meeting with Netanyahu, Trump Endorses Israel's Right to Self-Defense, Two-State Solution
Israeli Opposition Leader Livni Warns Abbas to Resume Peace Talks or Risk Isolation
Rouhani at UN: Israel "Most Terrifying Threat" to Peace in Middle East
Israeli Company Makes Digital Glasses That Give Sight to the Legally Blind


In Meeting with Netanyahu, Trump Endorses Israel's Right to Self-Defense, Two-State Solution

In a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meetings, United States President Donald Trump endorsed both Israel's right to self-defense, and a two-state solution for Israeli-Palestinian peace, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

Though Trump had previously expressed skepticism towards a two-state solution, on Wednesday he said to Netanyahu that "I think that's what works best." The U.S. president also expressed his hope that a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians could be completed during his first term.

“I want a plan that’s solid, understood by both sides, really semi-agreed by both sides before we present,” Trump said. He repeatedly called on the Palestinians, who are boycotting the administration’s efforts, to return to the negotiating table.

Washington responded to the Palestinian boycott by slashing aid to the Palestinian Authority and to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA. “We were paying them $500 million a year. Now we pay nothing a year. For years we were abused by the Palestinian leadership,” Trump said. “That’s stopped. [The money] will come back. They will be coming back to the table, and they want to.”

Netanyahu offered praise to Trump for moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and thanked the president for backing up his "strong words" regarding Iran with "strong actions."

Specifically, the prime minister praised the president for re-imposing sanctions on Iran, which "has cut the cash machine of Iran and its campaign of carnage and conquest of the Middle East." For this, he said, "we who live in the Middle East, Israelis and Arabs, who are subject to this Iranian danger, want to thank you especially."



Israeli Opposition Leader Livni Warns Abbas to Resume Peace Talks or Risk Isolation

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni warned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in New York on Tuesday the he “will cause sadness to generations if you continue to isolate yourselves, burn bridges and take unilateral steps against Israel,” The Times of Israel reported.

Livni and Abbas convened in a hotel where they are both staying near the United Nations headquarters, where the Palestinian leader is scheduled to address the general assembly on Thursday during the same session as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“You must take action to prevent a deterioration in the security situation,” Livni told Abbas. “It is important that you join the effort to find a solution before Gaza officially becomes ‘Hamastan,’ and that you return to dialogue with the US before the two-state solution disappears.”


“Such steps could lead to a deterioration in the territories, losing control, and ending the solution of two nation-states. The harshness of the situation obligates all of us to find a path to calming it, instead of sitting alone, angry and insulted,” Livni warned.

Livni blasted the Palestinian Authority for paying financial rewards to terrorists and their families, and clarified that the ‘Pay-to-Slay’ scheme is a major obstacle to peace. She also criticized Abbas for taking action against Israel in the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Livni observed that such steps turn off the majority of Israelis who back negotiations on a two-state solution.

In a 2014 interview, Livni blamed Abbas for sabotaging America-led peace talks that had collapsed earlier that year.



Rouhani at UN: Israel "Most Terrifying Threat" to Peace in Middle East

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described Israel as the "most terrifying threat" to peace in the Middle East and the world in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Ynet reported Tuesday.

“Israel, which has a nuclear arsenal and is blatantly threatening others with nuclear annihilation, is the most terrifying threat to the peace and stability of the region and the world,” the Iranian president said.

In 2013, ahead of his inauguration as president, Rouhani characterized Israel as a "wound" on the face of the Muslim world that "needs to be removed." In 2015, Rouhani refused to answer a question as to whether or not Israel should be destroyed. Earlier this year, in a less explicit threat, he said that Israel would never "feel safe."

Most of Rouhani's speech was directed towards the United States, its decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement, and its reimposition of sanctions. The renewed sanctions were characterized by Rouhani as "economic warfare."

In his U.N. speech, the Iranian president claimed that Iran was abiding by the terms of the nuclear deal and U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which implemented the deal. However, the U.N. has found evidence that Iran has been exporting arms to Yemen and Syria, which would put the Islamic Republic in violation of 2231's provisions prohibiting it from exporting arms.



Israeli Company Makes Digital Glasses That Give Sight to the Legally Blind

Israeli company ICI Vision has developed digital eyewear with the potential to give millions of legally blind people the ability to see.

The company’s Orama high-tech glasses are the brainchild of Haim Chayet, an Israeli optic physicist who was originally creating augmented-reality goggles for motorcyclists.

Working alongside a friend who had damaged vision due to a scar on his eye, Chayet realized the technology would have greater impact as an assistive device for many people experiencing vision impairment. Joining forces with two partners in the field and top Israeli eye doctors in an advisory capacity, he launched ICI Vision in 2014.

“We approached the technology from the perspective of helping the millions of people with vision problems enjoy a new lease on life and maintain their independence,” CEO Tal Lotan tells ISRAEL21c.

Globally, 340 million people have impaired or complete loss of vision due to macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases, resulting in direct annual treatment costs of $157 billion in the US last year.

Orama’s “enhanced vision engine” combines artificial intelligence, eye-tracking software, computer vision and other software and hardware, including a built-in 3D camera, to fill in the gaps from loss of vision and optimize the image in front of the user’s eyes.

The eyewear is personalized to each user through eye mapping, a procedure that establishes the location of healthy retinal cells.

“Once the extent of a patient’s retinal damage has been established, we can build a set of glasses which projects images onto the healthy part of the eye to enhance their central vision,” explains Lotan. “No one else is doing exactly what we do.”

(via Israel21c)


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